Effects of fireworks on people, animals and property
Outdoor fireworks during fire bans
On Friday 22 November 2019, the Minister for Fire and Emergency Services revoked the Declaration of State of Fire Emergency in Queensland. However, fire bans are still in place in many local government areas.
Where total fire bans are in place, no outdoor fireworks display should proceed without prior consultation with the local fire warden. All fireworks contractors must:
Illegal use of fireworks can be dangerous to you and to others and is a public nuisance.
People who use fireworks carelessly, or without knowing what they're doing can be killed or maimed. They can also kill or maim others.
Fireworks can burn down houses, damage entertainment venues such as nightclubs, frighten children and adults, cause bushfires, and terrify pets and wildlife.
Noise from fireworks can cause distress, especially as fireworks can sound like gunfire. The noise can also cause tinnitus and deafness, or aggravate a nervous condition.
People who suffer from asthma can experience discomfort and epileptics can experience seizures following fireworks displays.
When frightened by fireworks, horses and dogs have been known to injure themselves and others by running away, potentially causing accidents and damage to property.
For these reasons, animal owners who have been advised of an authorised fireworks display are urged to keep their dogs, cats and other pets inside the house, so that the animals are safe and can’t run away. Horse owners should take steps to protect their animals.
A calming shirt can help relieve a dog’s anxiety relating to fireworks, thunderstorms and gunshots. To find out more about these products, search the web for ‘dog calming shirt’ or ‘dog anxiety treatment’.
Illegal use of fireworks is an offence and carries a penalty. The maximum penalty is $52,250 or 6 months imprisonment.
Also, if you are responsible for the loss or injury of an expensive animal through your illegal use of fireworks, you may be sued for damages.