Remember, remember the 5th of November!
Wednesday is Guy Fawkes Day, and though the holiday has lost most of its political and religious meaning, we still celebrate Guy Fawkes Day with fireworks and bonfires (a nod to what could have been had the Gun Powder Plot been successful).
In recent years it has become illegal to discharge fireworks for safety and regulatory reasons; however, certain parks and public areas have been deemed safe for setting off sparklers and crackers during the hours from 7pm-10pm.
The city of Cape Town has allowed for the following locations:
- Mnandi Beach parking area
- Maiden’s Cove parking area
- Strandfontein Beach parking area
- Athlone Stadium parking area
- Gordon’s Bay Main Beach
- Strand Beach (at Deep Blue)
- Macassar Beach
- Sunrise Beach
- Fish Hoek Beach
- Hout Bay Beach
- De Grendel Sports Ground
- Blouberg Beach
A major issue during Guy Fawkes is pet safety. Pet owners are urged to keep their animals safe and indoors as soon as it gets dark. Dogs and cats often run away and are frequently knocked over by cars as they panic and run wildly from the noise.
Here are some tips to keep your pets comfortable and safe:
- Walk your dog before the fireworks start.
- Keep your animals inside for the entire duration of the fireworks displays
- A high carbohydrate meal after the dog’s main meal can also promote serotonin, a hormone that helps regulate your dog’s mood.
- Close all windows and curtains and put on some music to mask the noise
- Prepare a safe cosy spot for your pet to burrow and hide in
- Give your dog attention and comfort them, dogs are social animals and derive comfort from being with the people or animals who they trust.
- Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an ID tag, on the off chance that they manage to escape
- Get something from the vet to calm your animal if it is a particularly nervous or sensitive.
“Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I see of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot”