There’s going to be fireworks!

Love them or hate them they are coming!
Tomorrow is November 5th and the traditional evening for small and large displays all over the country. So will you be attending a display or having a bonfire party in the garden with some jacket spuds and hot-dogs?
Whatever you are doing stay safe!
Last year 4,436 people attended A&E for firework related injuries! That was almost double the previous year.

Firework code

Only adults should deal with setting up firework displays, the lighting of fireworks and the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used (and remember, alcohol and fireworks don't mix!). Children and young people should be supervised, and watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance. Follow these top 10 tips for a safer fireworks party:

  1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm
  2. Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time
  3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
  4. Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back
  5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  7. Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
  9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

Information taken from www.rospa.com

More and more often we hear angry and upset pet owners complaining about the distress the loud banging causes their fur babies. We are not sure how this can ever be resolved but here are some helpful hints.

How to calm dogs during fireworks

  • Walk them during daylight hours to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off
  • Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks
  • Put on some music or tv to mask the firework sounds
  • Create a quiet space where your dog can feel in control
  • Create some hiding places around your home

Cats

  • Provide hiding places in your home
  • Cats can become more stressed if they're outside during fireworks
  • Microchip your cats in case they're startled and escape outside

Small animals

  • Partly cover outside cages and pens with blankets so an area is soundproofed and hidden, but allow another area for the animals to look out
  • Provide bedding small animals can burrow in
  • Consider bringing them indoors - this will need to be done gradually so plan ahead

Keeping horses safe during fireworks

It's not just animals in the home that can be scared of fireworks - horses can be too.

  • Check locally to see if there are going to be any firework displays in your area
  • Where possible - tell the organisers of firework displays that horses are nearby and ask them to set off their fireworks in the opposite direction.

Information courtesy of www.rspca.org.uk

We hope that whatever you are doing to mark Guy Fawke's night that you all enjoy yourselves and most of all, stay safe. And DON'T FORGET to send us your pictures!