Folkestone & Hythe District Council are encouraging residents to enjoy fireworks considerately and safely this bonfire season. This follows a motion passed at Full Council on 21 October for the council to share safety messaging to help protect animals and vulnerable people affected by fireworks. The use of fireworks can cause distress to residents, especially those with conditions such as autism and PTSD, as well as to pets.
Residents can take a few simple steps to ensure enjoyment and safety for all:
· Buy fireworks from licensed retailers – Do not buy fireworks from unknown retailers, particularly online. Avoid buying from others on social media marketplaces.
· Enjoy public displays – Public displays are generally safer than organising your own.
· Be considerate of others – If you are having a private display inform your neighbours in advance so they can prepare.
· Keep animals safe – Keep pets inside when fireworks are being let off. They can disorientate wildlife so try to set them off on traditional celebration dates only.
Councillor David Monk, Leader of the Folkestone & Hythe District Council said “While fireworks can bring much enjoyment to some people, they can also cause significant problems and distress for other people and animals.
“It is important to think of our neighbours and animals when letting off fireworks. We hope these measures will raise awareness of how and when fireworks are used and allow people to safely enjoy them in a considerate way.”
Organisers of public fireworks displays should advertise online in advance of their event so that local residents have prior notice and can take precautions to protect animals and vulnerable people. They should also always submit an event application to the F&HDC events team.
To find out more and to read the motion in full, please visit https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/moderngov/mgAi.aspx?ID=14304