Be a good Neighbour, and have a safe Bonfire Night
It’s that time of year again and whether you’re planning to attend an organised bonfire and fireworks event or hosting your own at home there are some keys things to consider to ensure you and your family and friends have a safe and enjoyable evening.
Are you planning a fireworks display?
If you are planning your own fireworks display please be respectful of your neighbours by letting them know of your plans particularly those with pets. Animals can suffer psychological distress but may also cause themselves injuries, sometimes very serious ones, or get lost as they attempt to run or hide from the noise. It’s important to note that 11pm is the cut off time for setting off fireworks at any time of year. This however is extended to midnight for Bonfire Night (5th November) and to 1am for New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year.
Will you be buying fireworks?
If buying fireworks and sparklers you can only purchase these from registered sellers for private use between specific dates. For bonfire night, fireworks can be bought between 10 October and 10 November. Buying them from unreputable and unlicenced retailers is not only illegal but also doesn’t guarantee the safety of the fireworks or that they comply with current safety standards.
Do you need to report noise from fireworks?
If noise from fireworks use becomes a regular occurrence from a single property either before or after 11pm you can report this to the council. Please make a record of the incidents including the location and where possible film footage of the fireworks and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, setting off fireworks in any public place is a criminal offence and any anti-social behaviour of this kind is the responsibility of the police and should be reported to them on 101 or via their website: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/form/report-anti-social-behaviour
Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said:
“The run up to Bonfire Night is one of the busiest times of year for the emergency services, and we really hope families can enjoy it safely.
The current Public Space Protection Orders means fireworks, bonfires and sparklers are banned on all council land, unless appropriate council permission is given in advance, as well National Trust and Yorkshire Water land. Any live flame in any of these locations can cause devastating fires as we have seen in recent years on our moorlands but the noise associated with fireworks can also cause significant disturbance and stress to wildlife.
“While we recognise residents wish to celebrate events, such as bonfire night, at this time of year with fireworks we ask that the guidelines are adhered to, not only to protect themselves and each other but also the significant environmental impact. By heeding safety advice everyone should have an enjoyable evening.”