Like many other things in 2020, Bonfire Night is set to be very different this year and you’ll need to follow Government guidance when celebrating.
Whilst this may be a fun time for some, the loud bangs of fireworks can be a frightening and even distressing experience for many people. Please respect your neighbours at this time.
Here are some tips to keep everyone safe:
Safety tips for Bonfire Night
- Fireworks must only be used by responsible individuals.
- If you 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.
- It is an offence to let off fireworks after 11pm and before 7am, except on Bonfire Night (allowed up to midnight).
- 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. Anyone handling sparklers should use gloves. Children should be supervised at all times, and children under 5 should not be given sparklers.
- Never have a bonfire on your balcony or in communal gardens.
- Don't let off fireworks from your balcony.
- Wash hands, cover face, make space.
For more information, see the Fire Service's advice.
Looking after pets on Bonfire Night
- Pets should be kept indoors with the curtains closed and gentle music playing to mask the noise of the fireworks. For more tips on how to make Bonfire Night as stress free for your pets as possible, visit the RSPCA website.