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JMPD By-law enforcement officers preventing public fires in Hillbrow. Photo: JMPD/ Facebook

STRICT By-laws prohibiting fires in public spaces

With freezing temperatures keeping many indoors, by-laws remain strict to those setting fires in public places just to have a bit of warmth.

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JMPD By-law enforcement officers preventing public fires in Hillbrow. Photo: JMPD/ Facebook

With freezing temperatures keeping many indoors, the by-laws remain strict to those setting fires in public places just to have a bit of warmth.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH GOING AROUND MAKING FIRES

Fires in public spaces may be helpful to the homeless but have far-reaching effects should they get out of control. Infrastructure may suffer and even worse human life may become a casualty, the list goes on…

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The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) has been hard at work in not only ensuring that the streets of the city are safe but by-laws are respected too.

THE WORST NIGHT FOR STREET DWELLERS

To prove this, JMPD recently conducted a Fire Safety By-Laws enforcement in Hillbrow where public fires were extinguished, terribly spoiling the night for those who benefited from it.

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JMPD maintained that it is prohibited to burn any refuse or combustible material on a public road.

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BY-LAWS ABOUT OPEN FIRES IN THE CITY OF JOHANNESBURG

The South African explores By-laws preventing the public from making street fires:

Fire prevention

Certain self-made fires are prohibited without prior written permission from the Chief of Emergency Management Services or his/her nominee. Storage and accumulation of combustible material are prohibited. The owner/occupier of the property must eliminate the hazard without delay.

Fire protection

  • Design and construction of buildings should encompass water drainage from buildings and access to facilitate fire-fighting and rescue. 
  • Provision should be made for the installation of sprinkler systems, extractor fan systems, emergency exits and fire-fighting equipment.
  • Adequate water supply through the provision of reservoirs for fire-fighting purposes.
  • Storage of flammable substances

All flammable liquid storerooms must be designed in accordance with the requirements of the City’s bylaws. No person may store or allow the storage of any flammable substance in any storeroom without:

A certificate of registration (Section 35); and

  • Compliance with the requirements of the by-laws and any other applicable law.
  • The use of fireworks without authorisation is prohibited in certain circumstances.
  • Fireworks displays must be authorised by Council at least 14 days prior to the proposed event.
  • Application for permission to deal in fireworks must be made from the Chief or his / her nominee at least 30 days in advance.

Certificate of registration for use, handling and storage of flammable substances

  • Flammable Liquid Installation plans must be submitted.
  • A registration certificate will be issued on completion of the installation.

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