Keep safe on Bonfire Night.
Tonight, wherever you celebrate and whatever you do there are a few safety guidelines you MUST follow:-
Fireworks Safety Guide – as set out by RoSPA (Royal Society of Prevention of Accidents)
Young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers. Only adults should deal with firework displays and the lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable
- Keep fireworks 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
- Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
- Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
Bonfire safety- as set out by the Tyne and Wear Fireand rescue Service
- Organise it properly
- Should be at least 18 metres (60 feet) away from houses, trees, hedges, fences or sheds
- Before lighting, check for animals and children
- Use domestic firelighters
- Never use petrol, paraffin or other flammable liquids
- Never put used fireworks, aerosols, foam-filled furniture, batteries, tins of paint or tyres on a bonfire.
Look after your Pets– as set out by the Tyne and Wear Fire and rescue Service
Pets hate bangs and flashes and get very frightened on fireworks night. So keep all your pets indoors and close all the curtains to make things calmer. Remember it’s not just your own fireworks that cause distress, so you may need to have your pets indoors on several nights when other displays are taking place.
Protect your pet when fireworks are around by following the RSPCA‘s animal-friendly firework code.
Dog’s Bonfire Night Safety
• Exercise your dog during the day.
• Never walk your dog while fireworks are being let off.
• As with cats, keep your dog indoors, close the curtains and play music or turn on the television to drown out the noise.
• Let your dog hide if it wants to take refuge under furniture or in a corner.
• Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and tag and is microchipped in case it bolts and becomes lost.
Cat’s Bonfire Night Safety
• Keep your cat indoors.
• Close all windows and curtains and switch on music or the television to drown out the noise.
• Leave your cat to take refuge in a corner if it wishes. Do not try to tempt it out as this could cause more stress.
• Make sure your cat is microchipped to ensure it can be returned to you if it escapes and becomes lost.
Enjoy yourself and keep warm.
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