Tonight is Bonfire Night, so please be aware that rules around fireworks are slightly different.
For today only, fireworks can be set off until midnight. If you are hosting a Bonfire Night event or just staying in with your pets, we have the following advice for you:
During Bonfire Night you should: 🔥 Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time 🔥 Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on each firework 🔥 Read the instructions by torch light and not a naked flame and always buy fireworks from a reputable source 🔥 Light fireworks at arm’s length using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick - Stand back after lighting 🔥 NEVER go back to a firework once lit, it still has the potential to go off 🔥 Collect used fireworks with care, douse with water and bury them or place in a metal container 🔥 Keep children and pets away from fireworks and bonfires 🔥 Keep pets indoors 🔥 Take care with sparklers – young children should not handle these 🔥 NEVER throw fireworks 🔥 NEVER keep fireworks in your pocket 🔥 Keep a bucket of water handy.
Alongside this, the RSPCA (England & Wales) have released some tips on how to keep your pets calm during the evening: 🐾 Walk dogs during daylight hours to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off 🐾 Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks 🐾 Put on some music or tv to mask the firework sounds 🐾 Create a quiet space where your cat/dog can feel in control 🐾 Create some hiding places around your home.
For small animals in outdoor hutches: 🐰 Partly cover outside cages and pens with blankets so an area is soundproofed and hidden, but allow another area for the animals to look out 🐰 Provide bedding small animals can burrow in 🐰 Consider bringing them indoors.