Celebrations would not be complete without fireworks. They have become a part of every public holiday celebration in Trinidad and Tobago. Anyone wishing to use them needs to obtain permission from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service at least 48 hours in advance.
Care must be taken when using fireworks as well as consideration for one’s neighbours and animals. Every year there are instances of children being burnt due to unsupervised use, as well as accidents when they are discharged inappropriately. The older folks who suffer from various medical conditions may become stressed from hearing continuous loud explosions. Pets may become lost and disoriented as they scamper for safety. Wildlife may run into roadways and into neighbourhood houses seeking safety. Sweet TnT Magazine advises readers on how to be safe this season when it comes to these fun and not-so-fun bombs:
– Ensure that children are always supervised by a responsible adult when around fireworks.
– Provide ear plugs for the elderly to make the celebration more tolerable for them.
– Secure your pets during the fireworks display, if possible keep cats and dogs indoors or in an appropriate enclosure. If you can make arrangements to have your pets housed at a location where there is less or none being discharged, this too, may be an option.
– Be considerate during the holiday season if you use the noise makers. Most neighborhoods have residents of all ages and the discharging of fireworks may be expected. Keep in mind that it has a negative impact on the aged as well as beloved pets.
– Don’t point fireworks at a person, an animal, house, tree, or an abandoned lot. This could result in either property damage or even loss of life.
– Try not to discharge fireworks in any built up areas, an empty parking lot or open field is the appropriate place for such activities.
– Be mindful of the law. Scratch bombs (those cigar shaped explosives with the sulphur tip) are not only dangerous, they are also illegal.
– Purchase fireworks from a licensed retailer. You might be tempted at the last minute to make an impulse purchase at the side of the road but you would be breaking the law.
Pet photos: Cat by Nadia Ali; Dog by Candida Khan
December 2016 www.sweettntmagazine.com
Make sure to be safe and your holidays will be one to remember for all the right reasons.
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