This year again residents can together decide not to light any fireworks in their neighbourhood over New Year’s. To demarcate the firework-free zone you can hang up cardboard signs, which are available from the municipality.

Last year’s experiment with voluntary firework-free zones proved a success. Residents living in different areas of the city agreed that they would not light any fireworks in their neighbourhood. A ‘neighbourhood’ could be defined as a street, square, playground or green spot in the area. The municipality made signs available for residents to demarcate the zone.

Are you a resident and would you like to organise a firework-free neighbourhood over New Year’s? Here are 5 important tips for organising this.

  1. Make clear rules with your neighbours on lighting fireworks and firecrackers in your area. Make sure that all residents in the area agree to the rules. This is the key to its success.
  2. Are there residents who do not want to take part? Take this into consideration as well.
  3. Demarcate the area with signs. You can request the signs from the municipality. You can request the signs until 17 December. You will then receive notification that you can pick them up at the city district office.
  4. You could contact your local police bureau to inform them about what you agreed upon.
  5. Hang up the signs in your neighbourhood between 31 December and 2 January.

The municipality and police will not enforce the rules in these areas. The municipality will rely on the residents themselves to enforce the rules.

Click here to apply for a firework-free sign.