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The Warehouse supports a safe fireworks season

1 November 2007
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The Warehouse supports a safe fireworks season

Fireworks can be part of a fun, family evening as a Guy Fawkes celebration. The Warehouse encourages people to be safe and responsible this Fireworks season.

Although most people know to never use a lighter to read the instructions, and never hold a lit firework in their hand, there are other things to remember as well.

“One of the main things to remember is to never try to relight a dud firework,” says Cynthia Church, spokesperson for The Warehouse. “A firework may take up to a minute to go off, or continue to smoulder after you think it won’t light. Give it at least two minutes, and then place it in a bucket of water just in case.”

Ten ways to help make 2007 the safest Guy Fawkes season yet are:

The Warehouse Top Ten Fireworks Safety Tips

- Keep all children well away from where the fireworks are being lit
- Light your fireworks in wide open areas away from things that can catch light
- Keep a bucket of water or a hose handy before you need it
- Leave dud fireworks – trying to relight them is unsafe
- Read and follow the instructions on fireworks before trying to light them
- Never hold a firework in your hand
- Keep your pets inside when you let off fireworks
- Light fireworks on a stable surface, such as concrete, make sure they can’t fall over
- Never use a lighter to read the instructions on the firework – use a torch
- Treat burns with 20 minutes under cold running water
- Let’s ensure everyone keeps safe and has fun this season.

ENDS

Background information on The Warehouse

The Warehouse Group Limited had continuing sales of $NZ1.720 billion and an after tax profit of $NZ96.9 million for the year ended 30 July 2006 after adjusting for the loss on the disposal of Australian assets. The Warehouse Group comprises 85 Warehouse NZ stores and 43 Warehouse Stationery stores. The Warehouse Group directly employs more than 8,000 people in New Zealand.

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