Fireworks Law for December Holidays!
I just received this at work, and thought I would share it. Although relevant to Tshwane, it might help for everyone to read.
Quote:Media release - 9 November 2016
Tshwane Emergency Services Department lays down law for use of fireworks
The City’s Fire Safety Section is currently enforcing legislation regarding fireworks in its municipal area. This section will also make sure that the public is safe at shopping malls and large shops in the event of a fire or other hazards.
The Fire Brigade warns that any person who discharges any firework within the area of jurisdiction of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and any person who permits any fireworks to be discharged on any premises without the written permission of the Chief Fire Officer will be guilty of an offence and will be duly prosecuted.
The Fire Brigade Service would like to share the following important information with residents.
During the festive season many ignorant people in Tshwane will set off fireworks without the permission of the City of Tshwane's Fire Chief (Chief Fire Officer). This may cause a fire hazard, noise nuisance and, in severe cases, injury.
Where are fireworks allowed to be discharged?
NOWHERE on a private residential premise within the boundaries of Tshwane.
The Fire Brigade Service may grant written permission for the private discharge of fireworks on the following sites only:
(a) Sport fields not owned by the City of Tshwane, but only after written approval has been obtained from the owner
(b) Smallholdings, on condition that, in the opinion of an authorised member of the Fire Brigade Service, the vegetation, shrubs and/or crops on the smallholding under consideration permit the discharge
© Any other suitable open spaces not owned by City of Tshwane
The private discharge of any fireworks must be supervised by a responsible person of 18 years of age or older.
Is it legal to set off fireworks?
NO, it is not legal to set off fireworks, UNLESS you have written permission from the Fire Chief.
The following regulations make the discharge or handling of fireworks illegal:
(a) Regulation 9.18(d) of the Explosives Regulations made under section 30 of the Explosives Act, 1956 (Act 26 of 1956), published in Government Gazette 1604 of 8 September 1972 (dealing with the selling of fireworks to a person under the age of 16)
(b) Regulation 19.9 of the Explosives Regulations made under section 30 of the Explosives Act, 1956 (Act 26 of 1956), published in Government Gazette 1604 of 8 September 1972 (dealing with permitting children under the age of 16 to handle fireworks without adult supervision)
© Regulation 10.34© of the Explosives Regulations made under section 30 of the Explosives Act, 1956 (Act 26 of 1956), published in Government Gazette 1604 of 8 September 1972 (dealing with the use of fireworks in a public place without the permission of the local authority)
(d) Section 55 of the Tshwane Fire Brigade By-law, Local Authority Notice 396 dated 9 March 2016 (dealing with the use of fireworks without the permission of the Chief Fire Officer)
Keeping and dealing in fireworks
(a) The premises where fireworks are handled must preferably have two exits. Where premises have only one exit, the fireworks must be located in the back of the premises relative to the exit.
(b) The doors of the exit(s) must be unlocked and unbolted during normal business hours and there must be an open walkway between the counter containing the fireworks and the exit. No obstructions may be placed in this walkway.
© No fireworks may be displayed in a window or any other place where the public can meddle with them.
(d) Every dealer in fireworks must display notices reading “DEALER IN FIREWORKS” on the outside of the premises and in a prominent position at every entrance. Symbolic signs representing “NO SMOKING” and “NO OPEN FLAME” must also be displayed in prominent positions inside the premises.
(e) Nobody is allowed to smoke inside premises where fireworks are kept, stored or handled, or allowed to enter such premises with an unprotected light or open flame.
(f) A license to deal in fireworks must be obtained from the Chief Inspector of Explosives before dealing in fireworks.
(g) Dealers are not allowed to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 16.
Handling of fireworks
Any person who discharges any fireworks within the area of jurisdiction of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and any person who permits any fireworks to be discharged on any premises without the written permission of the Chief Fire Officer will be guilty of an offence and will be duly prosecuted.
GUIDELINES TO A MORE FIRE-SAFE ENVIRONMENT DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON
From a fire safety point of view, exhibitions in and the use of mall, arcade and thoroughfare areas, hamper evacuation during emergency situations.
According to Regulation T1(1)(a) of the National Building Regulations promulgated in terms of Act 103 of 1977, buildings must be so designed, constructed and equipped that in case of fire, the protection of their occupants and users is ensured and that provision is made for the safe evacuation of these occupants or users.
The width of walkways in malls, arcades and thoroughfares is calculated after establishing the population that the specific building can manage, along with further criteria, such as precautionary measures to eliminate the spread of fire, eg safety distances between opposite window fronts.
Section 4.2(2) of the same legislation states that any person who causes or permits any escape route to be rendered less effective, or to be obstructed in any way and so hinder or prevent the escape of any person from a building in case of fire, or any other emergency, will be guilty of an offence.
In order not to contravene the above provisions, the following guidelines may be used where applicable:
(a) If any obstruction exists in the middle of the walkway, no exhibitions or displays are allowed in the opposite areas of the walkway.
(b) When any function or exhibition out of the ordinary is to be held, such as displaying a show car inside the areas mentioned previously, the Chief Fire Officer must be notified a week before the event.
© Items on exhibition must not interfere with the positions of firefighting equipment.
(d) Items on exhibition are not allowed to be stacked, or in the case of single items such as carpets, higher than 2 m.
(e) Items on exhibition are not allowed to interfere with any door opening or to cause an obstruction in such a door opening.
(f) No emergency route may be used to store any item. Emergency routes must be kept clear at all times.
(g) No flammable substances, such as liquid petroleum gas, are allowed in the building and walkways.
(h) No item on exhibition in the walkway areas is allowed to have a fire load exceeding 25 kg per square meter.
(i) The use of any dangerous or hazardous chemicals is prohibited unless clarified with the Chief Fire Officer.
(j) All electrical installations to be used in the walkway areas must be done by a qualified electrician and certified as safe.
Note: In some centres there are walkways that are too narrow for a display or exhibition. That is why the Chief Fire Officer requires that a lay-out diagram of all floor areas concerned be submitted to determine safe positions for displays and exhibitions.
COVERED OR ENCLOSED PARKING LOTS
(a) Where covered or enclosed parking lots directly adjoin walkways, these walkways must be sealed off by means of mechanically or smoke-detection assisted self-closing smoke control doors.
(b) No combustible materials are allowed in the near vicinity of smoke control doors.
STOREROOMS OR WAREHOUSES
(a) The height of goods or merchandise must be restricted to 500 mm from the ceiling or any electrical point or sprinkler head.
(b) Shelves for the storage of goods or merchandise must be positioned 1,1 m apart to allow for easy movement between them.
© No storage of goods or merchandise is allowed between shelves.
(d) Empty packaging must be removed regularly from the storerooms or warehouses.
(e) Goods or merchandise may not be placed in front of fire fighting equipment.
(f) Flammable liquids should not be stored in a storeroom or warehouse unless the storeroom or warehouse has been designed for them.
(g) If the centre, shop or warehouse does not have a flammable liquid store, no more than 40 ℓ of Group 3.2 (thinners, benzene, methylated spirits, etc) and 200 ℓ of Group 3.3 (turpentine, paraffin, etc) flammable liquids are allowed inside the building or on the specific premises.
EMERGENCY EXITS AND ESCAPE ROUTES
(a) Emergency exits and escape routes must be kept clear and free from any obstructions at all times.
(b) If the back door or escape door of the premises is locked, a key for it must be kept in a "break glass" holder, which must be affixed to the inside wall next to the door.
© Ensure that there are adequate symbolic safety signs to indicate the escape directions and escape doors.
(a) All Christmas decorations that are to be installed in a shopping centre must comply with the requirements of paragraphs 3(a), 3(b) and 3©.
(b) Ensure that the decorations that dangle from the roof or ceiling are 500 mm or further away from the ceiling, electrical power point or sprinkler head.
© All electrical Christmas decorations must be installed by a qualified electrician and certified by that person as safe.
(d) No Christmas decorations may form any obstruction in any walkway.
The public can help to ensure a safer festive season by alerting the Fire Brigade Services Division to contraventions regarding the above.
The public must take note that it is illegal and dangerous to purchase fireworks at street corners or any person not registered as an approved fireworks dealer.
Tshwane Metro Police will enforce strict by-law regulations to ensure a safe environment for all Tshwane residents.
Complaints regarding fireworks can be reported to the following numbers:
(a) Metro Police at 012 358 7095/6 for any complaints or disturbance of peace
(b) Fire Brigade at 012 310 6300/6400 in the case of a fire hazard to premises or 012 310 6200 during office hours (08:00 to 16:00)
© Inspector of Explosives at (012) 393 2754 in the case of enquiries related to fireworks dealer licences, or
(d) 082 822 8217 and 079 529 3446 in the case of contraventions of the Explosives Act and Explosives Regulations
Metro Police Regional information
North-western suburbs like Soshanguve, Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa, Winterveld, etc, can report irregularities at the office of:
Region 1, Sector 1
2162 Lucas Mangope Drive, Block U, Mabopane
012 358 3607
All the different suburbs of Pretoria North (Akasia, etc) can report irregularities at the office of:
Region 1, Sector 2
Station Square, cnr Daan de Wet Nel Drive, Winternest, Akasia
012 358 5912
Residents living in the north-eastern suburbs like Hammanskraal, Temba, Rens Town, Unit “D’, Unit “5’, etc, can report irregularities at the office of:
Region 2, Sector 1
113 Lovers Lane, Mandela Village, Hammanskraal
012 711 3889 or 012 358 9887/8
The suburbs in Wonderboom, Sinoville, Magalieskruin, Montana, Doornpoort, etc, report irregularities at the office of:
Region 2, Sector 2
Sinoville Centre, 119 Brat Avenue, Sinoville
012 543 1715/012 358 3600
Suburbs in Pretoria West, Atteridgeville, Saulsville, Hercules, Mountain View, etc, report irregularities at the office of:
Region 3, Sector 1
Fire Building, cnr Morkel and Transoranje Street, Pretoria West
012 358 1905
The CBD, Sunnyside, Arcadia, Hatfield, the Moot, Brooklyn, Waterkloof, Queenswood, Lynnwood, etc, can report irregularities at the office of:
Region 3, Sector 2
1 Madiba Street, Pretoria
012 358 1906
All the suburbs in Centurion, which includes Valhalla and Laudium, can report irregularities at the office of:
193 Napier Road, Lyttelton, Centurion
012 664 4445 or 012 358 3116/7
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Residents in Rayton, Cullinan, Refilwe and surrounding areas can report irregularities at the office of:
012 358 6983/4 or 012 734 4120
Residents in Mamelodi, Garsfontein, Pretoria East and surrounding areas can report irregularities at the Metro Police office in:
71 Boundary Avenue, Sun Valley, Mamelodi East
012 358 5230/5216
The suburbs in Bronkhorstspruit and surrounds areas can report irregularities at the offices of:
Cnr Mark and Botha Street, Bronkhorstspruit
012 358 6855/013 932 3149
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