Advice to stay safe on Bonfire Night

Derbyshire Police have issued advice about how to keep safe on Bonfire Night tonight (Tuesday).

They are keen to remind people that the rules around fireworks are slightly different whereby, for today only, fireworks can be set off until midnight. 

Anyone who is hosting a Bonfire Night event, or just staying indoors with your pets, is advised to do the following: 

  • Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on each firework
  • Read the instructions by torch light and not a naked flame and always buy fireworks from a reputable source
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick - Stand back after lighting
  • Never go back to a firework once lit, it still has the potential to go off
  • Collect used fireworks with care, douse with water and bury them or place in a metal container
  • Keep children and pets away from fireworks and bonfires
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Take care with sparklers – young children should not handle these
  • Never throw fireworks
  • Never keep fireworks in your pocket
  • Keep a bucket of water handy

The RSPCA have also released some tips on how to keep pets calm throughout the evening. 

These are:

  • Walk dogs 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 cat/dog can feel in control
  • Create some hiding places around your home.

For small animals in outdoor hutches:

  • 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.

You can read more on their website: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfa…/…/general/fireworks.

Police also said to enjoy the celebrations responsibly and if you need to get in touch with them, call 101, message the Derbyshire Constabulary Facebook page or ring 999 in an emergency. 

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