As the 5th of November approaches, Monmouthshire County Council reminds people to stay safe.
Across the county, organised events will take place, which provides a safe environment for people to enjoy displays.
If you are having your own celebrations, here are some do’s and don’ts.
- Only buy fireworks from reputable stockists. Follow safety advice carefully, stand well back and never return to an unlit firework or throw it onto the bonfire.
- Keep all pets indoors.
- If there is livestock in nearby fields, let the owner know your plans, as they can be easily spooked.
- Spare a thought for the wildlife, as hedgehogs, toads, frogs, lizards, and snakes may have nestled under the bonfire.
- Build the bonfire as close to the day as possible and as far away as possible from livestock, trees, bird boxes and bat boxes. A big pile of branches and leaves may look like a 5* hotel to a hedgehog. Please check carefully before lighting the fire and light the fire from one side to give wildlife an escape route from the flames.
- Have a sand bucket for spent sparklers; don’t leave them on the ground.
- Never burn plastics, tyres, treated wood, gas canisters, oil, or electrical items. Your local household recycling centre will accept all of these items.
- Don’t be tempted to burn old bits of furniture, mattresses and household rubbish because the toxic fumes will cause pollution and damage people’s health.
- Don’t build your bonfire close to garden sheds, houses and even nearby roads where smoke could affect the visibility of motorists.
- Never leave your fire unattended and ensure it is well and truly out before leaving the site.
To find out more, please visit the South Wales Fire and Rescue website for information: https://www.southwales-fire.gov.uk/newsroom/news/stay-alert-dont-get-hurt-this-halloween-and-firework-period/
Monmouthshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and the Environment, Cllr Catrin Maby, said: “Bonfires and fireworks displays can be fun, but they can also be dangerous or frightening – for people, pets, livestock and wildlife – so please be careful and stay safe during the celebrations. Please follow the safety advice closely and think about the impact on the environment. If possible, please attend an organised event to celebrate and watch the displays, rather than having bonfires and fireworks in back gardens.”