Show some respect and stay safe this bonfire and fireworks night

Uttlesford District Council is urging residents to keep safe and show respect for others this fireworks season.

Fireworks are often loud and can frighten people, particularly those with sensory impairments or those who have suffered trauma, and cause great distress to animals.

If you are using fireworks, please get in touch with your neighbours and give them plenty of notice so they can look after themselves and their animals, and avoid purchasing really noisy fireworks.

Cllr Colin Day, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: "Fireworks bring much enjoyment for some, but they can have a negative impact on the welfare of animals and cause distress to vulnerable people. That is why we are urging anyone using fireworks to please be considerate to others - we want everyone to enjoy a safe fireworks nights whilst respecting others."

The council is also supporting an Essex County Fire & Rescue Service bonfire night safety campaign ahead of the annual celebrations. In the last five years more than 3,500 people have been admitted to hospital as a result of injuries caused by fireworks, with the majority of these happening at events or parties held in residential settings. The Service is spreading the message that it is safer, and often less expensive, to attend organised public firework displays.

Fireworks should be treated with respect, only bought from reputable suppliers and only used in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and the Fireworks Code:

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm (or midnight on 5 November)
  • 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
  • Don't build bonfires - they can spread out of control very quickly. Essex County Fire & Rescue Service has more advice about bonfires on its website
  • Always supervise children around fireworks

Uttlesford District Council has set up a dedicated webpage to raise awareness of the impact of fireworks on animals and vulnerable people. It includes useful links and resources about how to stay safe this bonfire and fireworks night.

22 October 2021

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