Denbighshire County Council is urging people to take extra safety precautions this Bonfire Night if they are planning their own celebrations.
The coronavirus restrictions mean that the vast majority of public events will not be going ahead and many people may decide to set fireworks in their gardens or backyards instead.
For many, bonfire night attractions provide enjoyment to thousands of people, but the Council is also urging people to be aware of the potential impact on the misuse of fireworks on vulnerable people in communities, as well as animals.
Councillor Mark Young, Cabinet Lead Member for Planning, Public Protection and Safer Communities, said: “We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable bonfire night, but to consider those people who may find fireworks distressing.
“That is why we are asking people if they intend to host your own private event to inform their neighbours in advance, so they can make arrangements for any pets or to be away from home to avoid being affected by large noise and lights.
“We would also encourage people using fireworks to follow the guidelines issued by the manufacturers, take the necessary precautions and avoid any accidents from happening. Following the firework code greatly reduces the risks of accidents”.
Anyone that chooses to use fireworks in an anti-social and irresponsible manner could find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Under fireworks regulations there is generally a curfew preventing people from letting off fireworks between 11pm and 7am but this is extended to midnight on November 5th and 1am on New Years’ Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali. Similarly, parents and youngsters are reminded it is illegal for children under 18 to buy or be in the possession of fireworks.
Fireworks are explosives and should be treated with great care and respect, here is our advice for anyone considering using fireworks this November:
- Only buy fireworks from reputable outlets and be wary of fireworks sold via social media
- Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box.
- Follow the instructions on each firework.
- Light them at arm’s length, using a taper.
- Stand well back.
- Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
- Always supervise children around fireworks.
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
- Never give sparklers to children under five.
- Keep pets indoors.
- Don’t set off noisy fireworks late at night.