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:
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm
- Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time
- Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
- Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back
- Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
- Never return to a firework once it has been lit
- Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
- Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
- Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
- 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
- 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
- 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!