At this time of year a number of celebrations happen which involve community activities including Bonfire Night, Diwali, Chinese New Year and New Year's Eve.

Whilst these may be a fun time for some, for others, the loud bangs of fireworks can be a frightening and distressing. Please respect your neighbours at this time.

Here are some tips to keep everyone safe.

Bonfire and firework safety

  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is by going to an organised display. Check your local paper or council website for displays in your area.
  • If you do plan to host your own fireworks party, make sure you tell all your neighbours, especially those with pets who may be affected by the noise.
  • Please avoid drinking alcohol or taking drugs before or when using fireworks.
  • Children should never play with or light any fireworks.
  • Sparklers should be lit one at a time and held at arm’s length. Wear gloves when handling sparklers and supervise children at all.  Don't give sparklers to children under 5.
  • Never have a bonfire on your balcony or in communal gardens.
  • Don't let off fireworks from your balcony.

For more information, see the Fire Service's advice.

Looking after pets

  • Keep your pets indoors during firework displays, with the curtains closed and gentle music playing to mask the noise.
  • For more tips on how to make fireworks as stress free for your pets as possible, visit the RSPCA website.