Date: 31 October 2016
For Immediate Release
Remember, remember…stay safe this November
The sparkling delights and bright lights of Bonfire Night are an exciting time for many. But for some, the loud bangs, smoke and large groups of people can cause annoyance to other residents and distress to animals.
As Bonfire Night draws closer, South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) would like to remind residents to think about their own safety and the well-being of others.
Cllr Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “We want people to have a good time and enjoy their bonfires and fireworks, but we are also aware it’s a time of year when both people and animals can suffer because of all the noise or smoke.
“We would always encourage you to attend an organised public firework display. However, if you do decide to have your own display at home, then we have devised a list of simple guidelines to reduce the risk of causing a nuisance.”
- Give neighbours a few days’ notice of your display
- Use appropriate fireworks – always buy from a reputable buyer and try to avoid purchasing noisy ones
- Carefully follow safety information supplied with fireworks
- Make sure pets and other animals are safely away from fireworks and bonfires
- If a neighbour complains that you are disturbing them, their pets or livestock, be considerate
- Only burn dry material. Do not burn household rubbish, rubber tyres or anything containing plastic, foam or paint
- Never use petrol or other highly inflammable material on fires
- Always check the weather conditions are suitable. Don’t light a bonfire if it’s misty, damp or windy
- After your display, clear up firework fall out and dispose of it safely
- Consider the timing of your display – it is illegal to set off noisy fireworks between 11pm and 7am (midnight on 5 November)
For further information on bonfire and firework safety, please visit www.southnorthants.gov.uk/bonfiresafety or www.southnorthants.gov.uk/fireworks
If you feel a firework or bonfire display is causing a nuisance, please contact the Environmental Protection Team by emailing Environmental.Protection@SouthNorthants.gov.uk or calling 01327 322323.