DMP is reminding people that it is illegal to possess and use fireworks in Western Australia without an appropriate fireworks licence.
|Date:||Wednesday, 23 December 2015|
With summer here and the festive season upon us, the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) is reminding people that it is illegal to possess and use fireworks in Western Australia without an appropriate fireworks licence.
DMP’s Resources Safety division issued the warning that anyone involved in the illegal storage, transportation and/or use of fireworks is being targeted and will be referred to police if caught.
DMP Dangerous Goods Team Leader Erin James said that 121 people and companies had been charged with fireworks offences in WA since January 2012.
“Fireworks are extremely dangerous and must be stored, transported and used safely as they can cause serious injuries including burns or blindness, and can unfortunately even be fatal,” Miss James said.
“Fireworks can be very dangerous if used by people who aren’t trained professionals.
“If you are in possession of fireworks or know someone who is, please don’t touch them - call the police.
“Do not dispose of fireworks in the rubbish bin, as this puts council workers and the public at risk.”
Last year the Yarloop Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, along with three other brigades and Department of Parks and Wildlife fire fighters, gave up their New Year’s Eve to fight a fire started by the illegal use of fireworks and flares.
While the fire ultimately only caused damage to fences and fortunately didn’t cause injury or damage to houses, the incident highlighted the potential danger that fireworks can cause when used by people who aren’t correctly trained.
In July 2015 a small fire that burnt bush and power poles in Baskerville was attributed to the illegal use of fireworks.
DMP Dangerous Goods officers will be monitoring firework events to ensure approved fireworks displays are conducted safely.
“These displays are set up and run by trained professionals who understand the risks fireworks pose and put in the appropriate controls to mitigate these risks,” Miss James said.
Such events are established in conjunction with local councils, Police and fire and emergency services to ensure contingency plans are in place to protect the public.
During total fire bans, licensed pyrotechnics must apply for an exemption from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.