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Fireworks and bonfire night advice issued

In the light of the Covid crisis, public health experts have issued special advice for this year’s fireworks and bonfire night activities.

The Public Health Partnership, which looks after our public health in West Berkshire, is giving the following advice for residents who are holding their own bonfire night celebrations this year:

  • Be observant of Covid restrictions – remember the rule of 6 and Hands – Face – Space
  • Remember that bonfires and fireworks may cause a nuisance to your neighbours and we encourage you, out of courtesy, to discuss your plans
  • Bonfires burning damp materials will cause excess smoke
  • Make sure you are not burning pollutants such as plastics
  • There is a risk that bonfires may get out of control and put excess pressure on emergency services – follow guidance from Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue service regarding taking precautions
  • Multiple fireworks, going off over a longer period of time, may frighten and stress local pets and animals. Look out for fireworks labelled ‘low noise/silent’. Please talk to neighbours with pets to let them know your plans.
  • If you’ve a pet who gets distressed during the firework ‘season’ see link here from PPP Animal Warden team
  • Fireworks should not be let off in public places such as a park or your street
  • If you are setting off fireworks in your garden make sure your garden is big enough for the type of firework and that you follow the safety instructions and firework code

There is also advice to minimise stress to pets during the firework period and about firework purchase and safety generally.

All the detailed advice can be found by following the links below:

Bonfire Night Celebrations during Covid

Top Ten tips on how to reduce stress on pets during the fireworks season

Firework sales and saefty guide

Photo above by Jorgon Kesseler Flickr CCL