Notify your neighbours if private fireworks are planned this Bonfire Night

October 5, 2020

PEOPLE celebrating Bonfire Night at home this year who plan on letting off fireworks are being asked to notify their community in order to minimise the impact on animals, livestock and vulnerable people.

The District Council has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the impact of fireworks within communities and will work with Lincolnshire Police, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and the RSPCA to encourage those planning on letting fireworks off to be courteous to their neighbourhoods by making them aware in advance.

Every year the RSPCA receive over 400 calls about fireworks and the British Horse Society have reported 20 horse deaths and 98 injuries since 2010. Fireworks can be as loud as 150 decibels which can results in distress to household pets and can startle livestock causing injuries, death or them to flee in fear, escaping their fields and causing road traffic accidents.

Notifying neighbours and livestock owners allows precautions to be taken to protect their animals and make arrangements for vulnerable people who it may be distressed by the loud noise caused by fireworks close to their homes and with the COVID-19 Rule of Six in place, it's likely people will want to celebrate traditional dates at home in their gardens.

The Council also encourages the community against the use of sky candles, which can cause fires, resulting in significant damage to property; and also to the wellbeing of animals.

Businesses who sell fireworks are encouraged to stock quieter fireworks to give customers the option and enable them to enjoy them without causing distress to others.

Portfolio Holder for Partnerships and Community Safety, Councillor Graham Marsh, said: "Fireworks are becoming more and more popular for celebrations. We are aware people may still want to celebrate in small gatherings on the traditional dates, so we are asking them to be neighbourly and to consider using quieter fireworks. It's good practice and should become second nature".

For more information on fireworks advice, visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/fireworks