SHUSHWARD23

We’re here to empower the community

to stop firecrackers and help residents

protect their pets and loved ones.

   

Get involved. Be part of the change. Take a stand and stop firecrackers.

We are going start an initiative with the goal of ending the use of illegal firecrackers within the suburbs of Ward 23, with the aim of rolling out to the rest of Johannesburg. Our goal is not to ban fireworks (which is unconstitutional) but to stop the use of excessively loud firecrackers that cause distress to animals, children and the elderly within the confines of the law.

New South Vet and The Glens Vet are available for any dogs that have been hurt or running scared.

They both have Nutri-calm and Calmeeze available to assist in keeping your pets calm.

83 days a stray

Marchus is a Ridgeback, who went missing the night of New Year’s Eve, 2015, as ‘bomb’ like firecrackers were launched illegally near his home. He was alone and cold, scavenging the streets for 83 days, all while his family did everything possible to find him. This happens every year and our Ward 23 Cllr Sarah Wissler is on a mission to change this.

We want to join her and see what can be done to stop firecrackers and how we can keep our pets and family safe and sound.

DID YOU KNOW?
Igniting fireworks within 500 meters of a petrol station is always illegal.
DID YOU KNOW?
Being considerate to your neighbor goes a long way.
DID YOU KNOW?
Igniting fireworks at any public place, school, old age home and hospital is always illegal.
DID YOU KNOW?
Igniting fireworks in any place where animals are present is always illegal.
DID YOU KNOW?
Being respectful of other cultures and religious beliefs builds a stronger community.

Be fireworks savvy, know the local by-laws* and legal implications of handling fireworks

  • Selling fireworks on the street is always illegal.
  • Igniting fireworks inside any building is illegal.
  • Igniting fireworks within 500 meters of a petrol station is illegal.
  • Igniting fireworks on any street, public place, school, old age home and hospital is illegal.
  • Selling fireworks without the required license in terms of the Explosives Act is illegal.
  • Dealing in fireworks without written authority of the Chief Fire Officer is illegal.
  • Selling fireworks to a child under the age of 16 is illegal.
  • Igniting fireworks in any place where animals are present is illegal.
  • A minor igniting fireworks is illegal.
  • Igniting a fireworks display without the Council’s authorization is illegal.
  • Igniting a fireworks display without a pyrotechnist is illegal.
  • Igniting a fireworks display without a qualified explosives expert’s presence is illegal.
  • Staging a fireworks display in private yards without the Council’s permission is illegal.
 

How to log a complaint

If you believe that someone in the neighborhood is in violation of the by-laws you’re responsible to log a complaint at the appropriate authorities. Please make sure you get a reference number for your complaint and then send it to our Cllr. so that we can follow up later if no action was taken.

JMPD

If a perpetrator breaks the fireworks by-laws, like letting off fireworks outside of the allowed times, contact the Johannesburg Metro Police 011 375 5911


Tips to keep your pets and family safe

It’s your responsibility to do everything in your power to keep your pets and family safe during times when fireworks are allowed. The following tips are a guide to keep your pets and family safe and sound.

  • Make sure your pet is wearing a name tag with your contact details.
  • Implant a Microchip well before fireworks season.
  • Playing soft music can help keep your pet calm during firecrackers.
  • Take your dog for a walk during the day. This will help keep them clam in the evening.
  • Keep an updated picture of your pet in case they go missing.
  • Try a Thunder shirt. It’s a wrap for dogs that provides gentle, constant pressure. Speak to your vet about them.
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    Keep your pet indoors and make sure the curtains and windows are closed.
  • Provide lots of bedding so your pet has something to burrow in.
  • Using natural sedatives like Melatonin can help relax your dog. Please advise with your vet.
  • Toys and treats will help distract your pet from fireworks.
  • If you’re away, make sure you have someone to pet-sit.
  • Make sure your pet has somewhere to hide if they want to. For example this may be under some furniture, in your cupboard, or in a quiet corner.