Hedgehog sitting on leaves

Posted by Admin - 02/11/2016

 

On November 5th 1605, Guy Fawkes, Britain’s most notorious traitor, was thankfully unsuccessful in his plot to blow up the houses of Parliament.  This post is full of tips to keep YOUR family and home safe on bonfire night.

Tenancy Agreement

As a tenant you may want to hold your own firework and bonfire celebrations, however, there are a few things you need to check before going ahead with any plans you may have as many tenancy agreements state you cannot have any kind of bonfire, so check yours and make sure.  If the agreement does not make this clear, call your landlord or agent and double check.

The Garden Environment

Be honest with yourself, take a good look at your garden and ensure it is suitable for a bonfire or fireworks.  If there are overhanging trees, wooden fences and sheds in close proximity it may not be a suitable environment for a bonfire or fireworks.

Before They Explode, Read The Code….

Follow the Firework Code to keep safe when handling fireworks and lighting fires.  http://www.fireworks.co.uk/safety/BonfireNightSafety.pdf and follow the Fire service advice on bonfires and fireworks, http://www.fireservice.co.uk/safety/bonfires; http://www.fireservice.co.uk/safety/fireworks

Animals

Building a bonfire in advance may mean that small animals such as hedgehogs have nested under the warmth of the wood and leaves and grass that you have collected and built your bonfire with.  To them this is like a 5 star hotel!   Before lighting a bonfire check that no animals are underneath, or, do not build them until the day they are to be lit.   This article from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/?action=viewArticle&articleId=7 has some great tips to avoid animal injuries.

Neighbours

Your tenancy agreement will probably also say that you must not impose any kind of nuisance or annoyance to your neighbours, including anti-social behaviour. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/housing/problems-where-you-live/anti-social-behaviour-in-housing/

Our advice is to pop round a few days before and let your neighbours know that you plan on having a party, better still, invite them along!  By letting them know, they can prepare for any noise and smoke and be away from home if they want to.  Agree a time to stop to help ease any concerns they may have.

Professional Public Displays.

If after reading this you think having your own firework and bonfire night is too much hard work, there are many great professional firework displays which will not only save you the headache but probably a lot of money too!

But most importantly HAVE FUN and BE SAFE.