Remember, Remember your neighbours this fifth of November

Bonfire night is known as a fireworks celebration, but before you decide on having a display at home, Denbighshire County Council is asking the public to consider neighbours who may be frightened or distressed by the noise and commotion.

Councillor Tony Thomas, Cabinet Lead Member with responsibility for Public Protection,  said:  “There are several organised displays in Denbighshire and across the area, scheduled for Bonfire night and we would recommend people attend those rather than have their own fireworks party in their back garden, for both safety and social reasons.

“However, if people want to hold their own event we would ask that they inform their neighbours well ahead of time, by calling in person or by popping a note through their letterbox. Many complaints spring out of people not telling their neighbours that they are planning to hold a firework display at their home and most importantly when the fireworks were going to be let off.

“We would also ask that people, no matter how experienced, please take all the usual safety precautions, accidents happen when you become lax about the danger that you may be in.”

The residents then have a chance to make arrangements in relation to any pets they may keep, or to make plans to go out if they don't want to listen to the noise.

Fireworks are explosives and should be treated with great care and respect, here is our advice for anyone considering using fireworks this November:

1.         Only buy fireworks from reputable outlets and be wary of fireworks sold via social media

2.         Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.

3.         Keep fireworks in a closed box.

4.         Follow the instructions on each firework.

5.         Light them at arm's length, using a taper.

5.         Stand well back.

6.         Never go near a firework that has been lit.  Even if it hasn't gone off, it could still explode.

7.         Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.

8.         Always supervise children around fireworks.

9.         Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.

10        Never give sparklers to children under five.

11.       Keep pets indoors.

12.       Don't set off noisy fireworks late at night and never after 11pm.

13.       If having a bonfire, prior to lighting check carefully for wildlife and when finished dampen it down fully. Never light or store fireworks near the bonfire.

 Anyone that chooses to use fireworks in an anti-social and irresponsible manner could find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Under the 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 that it is now illegal for children under 18 to buy or in fact be in the possession of fireworks.

Posted on Monday 23rd October 2017