Hold your fire and protect the environment

Fireworks fascinate and entertain many people. It creates an exuberant mood and adds an extra glow to the New Year. A few years ago, the Riviera on Vaal was excited to announce their New Year’s firework celebrations. Now, after a bit of research, this way of celebrating the New Year is something of the past for this Vaal River Resort.

Fireworks at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel

Fireworks at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel

Why should we rather hold our fire?

  • Fireworks can unleash a shower of toxins into soil and water, having a negative impact on the environment, including humans and animals.
  • Fish ingest firework debris and die, sometimes even causing the death of scavenging animals that eat the fish.
  • Studies suggest that the smoke from fireworks is also harmful.
  • Fireworks have been proven to be detrimental to companion animals and wildlife.
  • The ears of most animals are considerably more sensitive than the human ear. Fireworks can permanently affect their acute sense of hearing.
  • Sounds from loud gunshots (similar to the sound of fireworks) have proven to reduce some birds’ breeding time. With the Riviera on Vaal being a haven for birdlife, fireworks are a definite no.
  • Animals fleeing from fireworks often get lost.
  • Children are 11 times more prone to getting injured by fireworks.
  • Firework explosions can cause Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and even deafness.
  • Child labour is still used in the manufacturing of fireworks in India and China.

I bet this makes you think twice before buying fireworks. Let’s rather hold our fire and protect our environment.


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