Reduce the risk of fires - be responsible this Territory Day

Bushfires NT has reminded Territorians to be safe and responsible when letting off fireworks this Territory Day.

Bushfires NT Senior Policy Officer Ken Baulch said Territory Day is a day of celebration and while most people do the right thing, every year people get injured and property is damaged as a result of inappropriate use of fireworks.

“Responsible use of fireworks simply means doing a little planning and following the rules,” he said.

“We remind the public to please only use fireworks in an open, clear or well watered area and avoid areas with a lot of dry grass or other fuels. Fireworks can cause dangerous fires very quickly.

“Please make sure there is ready access to water in the area where you plan to use the fireworks and stick to the approved times for using fireworks - 6pm to 11pm tonight.

“It is also important to not light bonfires near grass and fuel that might catch alight, and never leave a fire unattended – you must put the fire out before you leave the area.”

Bushfires NT and the volunteer bushfire brigade network help landowners with fire management across rural and remote parts of the Territory outside the major towns.

Mr Baulch said 21 bushfire brigades would be on standby across the Territory tonight.