GEORGE NEWS - The George Municipality reminds residents and visitors that fireworks, fire crackers, flares, paper lanterns and other such paraphernalia are considered a major fire risk and are not allowed in public or private spaces in the municipal area this summer, or at any other time.
George fire chief Neels Barnard said the George Municipality Public Safety and Nuisance by-laws, overall fire safety and disaster management regulations, and ongoing dry and hot conditions of the Western Cape fire season were reasons why fireworks remains banned in the municipal area.
"We appeal to residents and visitors to consider that the city and all its neighbourhoods and beaches are surrounded by natural vegetation and that, combined with hot and windy summer weather conditions on the Garden Route, the fire risk is omni-present."
The selling of fireworks is also illegal, and no such permits have been issued or will be issued by the George Municipality. The illegal trading, possession and/or setting off of fireworks carry fines of R300 and fireworks will be confiscated.
Such activities can be reported on 044 801 6350 or after hours on 044 801 6300.
Report illegal, irresponsible and unsafe fires to the fire department on 044 801 6300.
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