How to keep your pets safe during fireworks
So who’s this Guy Fawkes chap?
At midnight, 4th November in 1605, Guy Fawkes was discovered in a cellar under the House of Lords, guarding his gunpowder. Guy Fawkes and his accomplices had plotted for 18 long months to bring down King James I, a protestant. Catholics had long since been terrorised for their beliefs, and there were emerging groups desperate to bring a change. But a last minute tip-off to the king’s ‘spymaster’ meant he was arrested just in time and charged with treason and consequently hanged. Every year from 5th November 1605, Londoners were encouraged to celebrate the king’s escape by lighting bonfires.
Things you will need to remember on the night
So here we are years later, enjoying a wealth of beautiful displays and perhaps planning on having a bonfire or firework display at home. I’m sure back in the 1600s they weren’t so concerned about their pets or wearing protective goggles… but thankfully we are now. So we’ve come up with some tips on hosting a fireworks display and keeping your pets safe.
Make sure you check for small animals like hedgehogs before you light your bonfire
Did you know it’s illegal to set off fireworks after 11pm? The only time you can use fireworks till midnight is on 5th November
A torch for instructions
A bucket of water
Goggles and gloves
Holes or earth for the fireworks (pre-prepared during daylight)
Suitable supports for Catherine wheels
Light fireworks at arm's length with a taper; not a match, lighter or candle
Only have one person responsible for lighting the fireworks, keep others away
Never go back to a firework after it has been lit, as it could still explode if it hasn’t gone off
Never throw used fireworks on a bonfire
Bonfires should be at least 18m (60 feet) away from everything, including hedges, sheds etc
Never use petrol, paraffin or other flammable liquids.
November 4th 2013