Stay safe this Bonfire night

This Saturday (5 November) is Bonfire Night, and whilst it is a fun Autumnal celebration for many, for others, the noise can be distressing. It’s important to respect your elderly neighbours and those with young children and pets at this time of year.

Below are some tips to keep everyone safe.

Bonfire and firework safety

  • Never have a bonfire on your balcony or in communal gardens.
  • Don’t let off fireworks from your balcony.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is by going to an organised displayed. Check your local council website for displays in your area.
  • If you are hosting your own fireworks party, tell your neighbours, especially those with pets who will be affected by the noise.
  • Children should never play with or light any fireworks.
  • Sparklers should be lit at one at a time and held at arm’s length. Wear gloves when handling sparklers and supervise children at all times. Don’t give sparklers to children under five.
  • Please avoid using drink or drugs before or when using fireworks.
  • Keep your pets indoors during firework displays, with the curtains closed and gentle music play to mask the noise. The RSPCA offer more advice on keeping animals calm during fireworks night.

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