NT WorkSafe inspectors are already active across the Northern Territory ahead of Territory Day on Sunday.
The inspectors will ensure wholesale and retail businesses comply with licensing laws and reinforcing the Safety First message.
NT WorkSafe inspectors are examining proposed retail outlets to ensure they are complying with appropriate secure storage regulations and that the people responsible for selling fireworks are aware of their obligations.
NT WorkSafe Senior Inspector Rob Fereday says safety is the prime focus.
“One of our main roles in the lead up to Territory Day is to work with wholesalers to ensure the fireworks coming into the Territory have been assessed and comply with strict safety regulations that cover design, performance and testing,” Mr Fereday said.
“Part of the licence conditions for retail sales, is that fireworks can only be sold to the public from 9am to 9pm on Sunday and can only be sold to people 18 years and over.
“On the day, we will be checking wholesale and retail outlets for compliance with their licence conditions.
People celebrating with their own fireworks can only let them off between 6pm and 11pm on July 1 and it is recommended people only buy enough fireworks that you can safely use during this time.
Fines have been increased to $1540 for the possession and use of fireworks outside the approved period and for throwing, igniting or exploding a firework in a way likely to damage property or injure a person or animal.
The approved period to possess fireworks has been extended by 24 hours from 12pm on Monday until noon on Tuesday, July 3 to allow the public more time to hand in their unused fireworks. Do not keep fireworks because they can deteriorate with age and become unsafe.
For information on disposing of unused fireworks, call NT WorkSafe on 1800 019 115.