Statistically, homes with thatched roofs are no more likely to catch fire than those with conventional roofs; however, if a thatched roof does ignite, the results are rapid and devastating. We would ask that residents do not have bonfires or set off any fireworks in their gardens, as they pose a serious risk to the thatched properties in the village. If you live under thatch, it is wise to be extra vigilant around November 5th and make frequent checks on your roof. Chinese lanterns are of particular concern, as the potential for harm when they descend is catastrophic, with a number of thatch fires resulting from these lanterns.
For further information and advice, contact your local fire safety officer.
The laws concerning fireworks
· It is illegal for anyone under 18 to possess a firework in a public place.
· Fireworks cannot be set off by a private individual between 11.00pm and 7.00am except for certain nights of the year.
· It is an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to any captive or domestic animal.
Fireworks and Animals
Recommendations from the Blue Cross:
Every year thousands of animals will suffer as a result of fireworks being let off. Animals have very acute hearing and loud bangs and whistles may cause actual pain in their ears. But by following these simple guidelines your pet need not suffer.
Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice, ferrets and birds all need to be treated with special care when fireworks are being let off. These animals are easily frightened. Hutches/cages should, if possible, be brought into a quiet room indoors, or into a garage or shed. If you cannot bring your pet’s hutch inside, you should turn its enclosure around so that it faces a wall or fence and cover them with thick blankets or a duvet to block out the sight of the fireworks and deaden the sound of the bangs, but make sure there is enough ventilation.
Dogs & cats
Always keep dogs and cats inside when fireworks are being let off and avoid leaving your pet alone during such potentially upsetting events. Close all windows and doors, and block off catflaps to stop pets escaping and to keep noise to a minimum. Draw the curtains, and if the animals are used to the sounds of TV or radio, switch them on to block out some of the noise of the fireworks.Ensure dogs are wearing some form of easily readable identification on their collars. All dogs are required by law to be microchipped, so if they do run away, they have a better chance of being quickly reunited with you.Prepare a ‘den’ for your pet where it can feel safe and comfortable – perhaps under a bed with some of your old clothes. It may like to hide there when the fireworks start.
Horses & Farm Animals
Fireworks must not be set off near livestock or horses in fields, or close to buildings housing horses or livestock, as they react badly to loud noises and if they become startled, they may get badly hurt. Anyone planning a firework display in a rural area should warn neighbouring horse owners and farmers in advance.
Chinese lanterns are known to cause terrible injuries and the deaths of horses, livestock and wildlife, as there is no way of controlling where they go and where they land.