On Sunday 5 November it is Bonfire Night, which can be a fun night for all the family to enjoy. However, for many the noise can be distressing, and it is important to respect your elderly and vulnerable neighbours, as well as those with young children and pets.
Here are some tips to keep everyone safe this weekend.
Bonfire and firework safety
- If you are hosting a fireworks party, please tell your neighbours, especially those who are elderly, have young children or have pets.
- Never have a bonfire or let off fireworks on your balcony or in communal areas.
- Don’t set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am.
- Please avoid using drink or drugs before or when using fireworks.
- Never return to a lit firework.
- Never throw fireworks and never have fireworks in your pocket.
- Children should never play or light fireworks.
- Sparklers should be lit at arm’s length and at one at a time. Children under five should not handle sparklers, and children over five should be always supervised by an adult. Wear gloves when handling sparklers and dispose of them in a bucket of water.
- Keep your pets indoors this weekend, close the curtains and play some gentle music or pop the television on to mask the sound. For more information on keeping your pets safe during fireworks night, please visit the RSPCA website.
- The safest way to enjoy fireworks is by going to an organised event. Check your local council’s website for displays near you.
For more information, visit Fireworks | London Fire Brigade (london-fire.gov.uk)