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.