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Cantonal/local firework bans

Due to dry weather in some areas, a few cantons have instituted fire restrictions or warning - these might (or might not, YMMV as usual) impact fireworks use over the New Year.

See the federal Waldbrandgefahr site:

http://www.waldbrandgefahr.ch/de/wal...aktuelle-lage/

Graubunden and Tessin have issued an absolute fire ban in in and near woods (there have already been wildfires), while GE, BS, BL, VS have issues warnings or restrictions in some areas.

Be aware that these decisions are subject to change, depending on what the weather in the next days brings.

So before you light up your sparklers to ring in the new year... check the site, and check with your local community for updated information.


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Actually, the title should read 'restrictions' instead of 'bans'. Could a friendly mod do the necessary?
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Old 28.12.2016, 13:54
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Re: Cantonal/local firework bans, New Years Eve 2017

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Actually, the title should read 'restrictions' instead of 'bans'. Could a friendly mod do the necessary?
Actually, in Ticino it IS a ban.

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Old 28.12.2016, 15:13
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Re: Cantonal/local firework bans, New Years Eve 2017

As far as I know it is not allowed in Vaud either

http://www.bicweb.vd.ch/communique.a...bjectID=523490
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Re: Cantonal/local firework bans, New Years Eve 2017

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Actually, in Ticino it IS a ban.
As well as in the southern valleys of Grisons: Val Poschiavo, Val Bregaglia, Mesolcina

http://www.gr.ch/DE/institutionen/ve...andgefahr.aspx
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As far as I know it is not allowed in Vaud either

http://www.bicweb.vd.ch/communique.a...bjectID=523490
That's a bit out of date. It's referring to the August 1st fireworks in 2015 when there was that very long dry spell.

There is a low risk of fire in Vaud at the moment and there are no restrictions in that canton.

http://www.vd.ch/themes/environnemen...feux-en-foret/
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As well as in the southern valleys of Grisons: Val Poschiavo, Val Bregaglia, Mesolcina
AKA all of the Italian speaking bits.

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Re: Cantonal/local firework bans, New Years Eve 2017

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That's a bit out of date. It's referring to the August 1st fireworks in 2015 when there was that very long dry spell.

There is a low risk of fire in Vaud at the moment and there are no restrictions in that canton.

http://www.vd.ch/themes/environnemen...feux-en-foret/

Fair enough, but where in your link does it state that fireworks are allowed?
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Fair enough, but where in your link does it state that fireworks are allowed?

If there are no specific restrictions in place due to fire risk ( which there aren't at the moment) then they are allowed.
It depends on the category of firework and when they are to be used ( and possibly also the individual communes) as to whether permission needs to be obtained beforehand by private individuals. Organised displays need permission and are subject to additional security measures.

http://www.vd.ch/themes/securite/police/pyrotechnique/
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Re: Cantonal/local firework bans, New Years Eve 2017

Bunping this back up for 1 August 2018, as with the heat and lack of rain in some areas have imposed a ban on fires (and thus fireworks), others have specific restrictions.

As you make your 1 August plans, do keep an eye on the Waldbrandgefahr site, still the same address as linked above:

http://www.waldbrandgefahr.ch/de/wal...aktuelle-lage/

Click on 'info' for more on various area-specific situations.

TI and VS currently have an absolute ban in open spaces, GR, SG, TG in woods and near wooded areas.

The situation can change if there is rain, or if continued heat and drought might cause other areas to consider bans or restrictions. So keep do check the site again as the holiday approaches.


And, an article in the 20 Minutes:
http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/news/sto...nicht-26616864
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Re: Cantonal/local firework bans, New Years Eve 2017

Ever more bans
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Re: Cantonal/local firework bans, New Years Eve 2017

Switzerland looks more and more like the New Zealand rugby team:

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http://www.waldbrandgefahr.ch/en/for...ent-situation/
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Re: Cantonal/local firework bans

Basel ...

Special rules for fireworks on Swiss National Holiday celebrations
The local fire hazard level has been raised to four, with a total ban on people lighting fires in or around the local forests.

The current drought and persistently high temperatures have prompted the Cantons of Basel-Stadt and Baselland to take measures against forest fires by banning fires, even on existing fireplaces and grills of all kinds in and around forests. It is also forbidden to throw away burning cigarettes or litmatches. The ban also specifically includes hot-air balloons and sky lanterns (bought or home made) which operate by open flames. The cantonal crisis committee has called on the public to avoid fires by acting responsibly.

In agreement with experts, the cantonal crisis management team is allowing fireworks to be lit during the Swiss National Holiday celebrations (31st July/1st August) – provided they are at a minimum distance of 200 metres from forests and forest edges. The public are asked to increase the recommended safety distances even further and remain at least 200 metres from forested areas and the edge of forests. Fireworks should only be ignited on solid, non-combustible surfaces (such as gravel sites, tarred car parks or a stone pit etc). So-called Alpine fires are permitted at a minimum distance of 200 metres from forests and forest edges.However, the local village councils may tighten the measures if necessary.

The above text came from here : https://barfi.ch/Local-News-Summary-...-of-July-27th3
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Re: Cantonal/local firework bans

More here too:

https://www.bluewin.ch/fr/infos/suis...ut-130407.html

The drought in Switzerland severely restricts the places where it is possible to make fireworks on August 1st. Vaud in turn forbids forest fires. In addition to the risk of fire, we must not forget the dangers associated with the misuse of pyrotechnic devices.
Every year, an average of 125 people in Switzerland are injured by fireworks during the Swiss national holiday, says the Information Centre for Fire Prevention (CIPI), the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (bfu) and Suva in a statement on Monday.

In 2017, no fewer than 280 people were injured by fireworks, children not included because they are not included in the statistics. Inattention and negligence are the main causes of these accidents.
A simple Bengal fire already exceeds 400 degrees when it is lit, the statement stresses, reminding us of the precautionary measures to be taken. Be well informed about the use of lights, place them on a stable base, keep them out of reach of children and keep fire-extinguishing equipment within easy reach. In the case of a failed firework, wait ten minutes before approaching it and never turn it on again.
Absolute prohibition
In many Swiss cantons, however, fireworks enthusiasts will have to look only at the official fireworks. While some municipalities, such as in the canton of Fribourg, prohibit the public from firing fireworks only near forests, the cantons of Lucerne, Schwyz, Obwalden, Nidwalden and Zug, issued an absolute ban on fireworks on Monday. This measure has already been taken by Valais and Ticino.
The bans were taken because of the persistent drought and increasing risk of forest fires. Fires are therefore prohibited. Grilling is only allowed on gas grills and fireworks cannot be fired on August 1st.
A situation that should not see any positive developments in the short term. Temperatures are expected to rise further during the week to peak between 32 and 36 degrees, Weather Switzerland warns. The dangers linked to the heat wave are marked on almost the entire territory. August 1st could be the hottest day of the year.
Vaud in turn prohibits forest fires
Vaud in turn forbids forest fires. Fireworks on 1 August are still possible in the canton of Vaud, but only in places designated by the communes.
The rains at the end of last week were not enough to moisten the soils and edges, which remain very dry and likely to catch fire quickly. The fire danger in the forest is now set at 4 on a scale of 5 levels, explains Vaud State in a statement on Monday.
Consequently, any fire or barbecue is prohibited in the forest and within ten metres of the edges. The ban also applies to picnic areas. And the township recommends the utmost caution with cigarettes and matches that must be carefully extinguished before being thrown in the garbage.
A great vigilance is recommended for the fires of August 1st. The population is requested to comply with the instructions of the municipal authorities. Fireworks fired by private individuals are only fired at places designated by the communes, the canton specifies.
Fire prevention
In Valais, for example, the municipalities are responsible for enforcing the ban. For the national holiday, however, they can organise fireworks for which they are responsible, stresses Jacques Magnin, head of the cantonal fire department. However, many municipalities preferred to cancel their pyrotechnic shows.
To prevent fire risks, the canton focused primarily on prevention and the population was well informed. Violators of the ban will be reported and may be subject to a ticket. And for Jacques Magnin "the international news speaks in our favour", while fires have recently ravaged Greece, Sweden and California.
To take full advantage of August 1st, with or without fires, it will however be necessary to be protected against heat stroke, whose symptoms are general weakness, confusion, high temperature, dry mouth, dizziness, disorientation, nausea, cramps. It is therefore recommended to protect yourself from heat, to hydrate abundantly and to show solidarity towards the most vulnerable population.

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30.07.2018, at 16:29

Pitch black: No open fires, no fireworks at all!
Light black: No open fires and no fireworks in the forest and 200 meters within a forest!

Also check your cantons website for details. Links can be found here http://www.waldbrandgefahr.ch/en/for...ent-situation/

Please also read the text by Medea Fleecestealer above
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31.07.2018, at 14:35

Glarus, both Appenzell, Solothurn, Thurgau and Uri, have now also issued a full ban on any open fire and any fireworks!

http://www.waldbrandgefahr.ch/en/for...ent-situation/

More bans might come as canton BS, GR, NE, and ZH have not released a new forest fire hazard assessment and statement within the last 4 days.
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More bans might come as canton BS, GR, NE, and ZH have not released a new forest fire hazard assessment and statement within the last 4 days.
There have been a lot of local communiqués in Neuchâtel and open fires, private fireworks and BBQs are pretty much banned throughout the canton. Grilling is only allowed in designated areas and the public firework displays will go ahead with special areas supervised by firemen for people to let off the private fireworks they’s already purchased.
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More bans might come as canton BS, GR, NE, and ZH have not released a new forest fire hazard assessment and statement within the last 4 days.
This released at 06:00 this morning: http://barfi.ch/Local-News-Summary-W...-of-July-31st3

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Re: Cantonal/local firework bans

Bruderholz fireworks cancelled, but stuff still happening on the hill:

https://www.srf.ch/news/regional/bas...er-nachthimmel

https://barfi.ch/News-Basel/Live-Kon...ndesfeier-2018
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Re: Cantonal/local firework bans

Well, we replaced the fireworks here with a wet t-shirt contest.

It's still early though, we might do both
As we like to have our cake and eat it too.
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