WorkSafe Victoria reminds everyone to stay safe and to avoid fireworks with the New Year fast approaching.
Fireworks are illegal and dangerous, and Victorians risk fines of up to $ 10,000 if they are caught possessing or using fireworks.
Almost a tonne of illegal fireworks have been confiscated so far this year.
“Fireworks are banned in Victoria for good reason – they can injure or kill,” said WorkSafe’s general manager of health and safety, Lisa Sturzenegger.
“And yet each year, people risk their own safety, that of their children and their neighbours by letting off fireworks.
“The fines are severe because the injuries they can cause are severe.”
Last year, a man from Tarneit died after a commercial firework exploded in his face during a New Year ’s Eve party. WorkSafe said that dozens of people, including children are injured each year during New Year festivities.
Ms Sturzenegger reminded everyone to put safety first ahead of any plan to purchase illegal fireworks.
“Families should be happily seeing in the start of a new year – not mourning a loved one or visiting a family member in hospital,” she said.
Those who want to dispose fireworks are advised to phone WorkSafe on 1800 136 089.