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Four Agencies Launch Firework Safety Information

Four Agencies Launch Firework Safety Information

A temporary website with fireworks safety tips and a nationwide list of public displays is part of a joint ERMA New Zealand, Fire Service, Police and Ministry for the Environment initiative promoting safety this Guy Fawkes.

The move follows last year's Guy Fawkes season that had the highest number of Fire Service call outs in ten years during the fireworks selling period before 5 November.

ERMA New Zealand Chief Executive Rob Forlong said he believed it was the first time the agencies had joined to stress the fireworks safety message, and the first time a national list of public displays had been produced.

"Anyone organising a public display in their community can list the event on www.guyfawkes2006.govt.nz by following the directions on the website," he said.

"Along with the website, the group has jointly designed posters and flyers with the theme 'Let's make 2006 the safest Guy Fawkes ever'.

"Two different versions of the poster target youth, with one message saying 'Aim fireworks to the stars and not at your mates' and the other 'Think about others.'" Mr Forlong said.

As well as safety tips and other information, the website also contains Q and As, news releases, and ERMA New Zealand, Fire Service, Police, and Ministry for the Environment contact details and web links.

Posters and brochures jointly produced by the agencies will be distributed by firefighters, Neighbourhood Support groups and through The Warehouse stores and Progressive Enterprises supermarkets.

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