Bath & North East Somerset Council is urging local residents to enjoy fireworks responsibly this November, and think about pets and animal welfare.
Fireworks pose many hazards, including causing serious injury to people and animals, while bonfires can risk setting buildings and trees alight if not managed correctly.
Young people are at higher risk with more than half of firework injuries every year happening to children under the age of 15, mostly caused by sparklers.
The firework code recommends that people go along to an organised display if possible, although adults wishing to buy fireworks are advised to do so from licensed sellers and only let them off between the permitted times of 7am and 11pm.
The council’s Public Protection team offers direct support for planned fireworks events alongside a series of recommendations, including using low noise fireworks as a sustainable approach to animal and bird welfare as well as minimising noise nuisance for neighbouring residents.
Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for Community Services, said: “We all know the dangers of fireworks but it’s important to highlight these, as sadly many people are injured each year.
“Unless used responsibly, fireworks can lead to serious injury, distress to pets and wildlife and noise nuisance. We recommend people go to an organised display so they can be confident about the safety of their family and friends.
“If people choose to buy their own fireworks I would urge them to ensure the products have a CE European safety mark and that they come from a reputable seller.
“It’s also important to remember safety aspects when lighting a bonfire such as never using flammable liquids to get it started and making sure the fire is well clear of buildings, sheds, fences and hedges.
“We want to see residents enjoying their Bonfire Night celebrations safely and hope they will keep these important tips in mind this November.”
Avon Fire & Rescue Service has published a firework code which recommends that people:
- Keep fireworks in a closed box or tin.
- Follow the instructions on each firework.
- Light fireworks at arm’s length, using a taper.
- Stand well back.
- Never go near a firework which has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
- Never carry fireworks in your pockets.
- Never throw fireworks.
- Keep pets indoors.
- If possible, go along to an organised display.
More information can be found here.
To get support and guidance from B&NES Council to plan firework events at least six months in advance, visit this page.