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Pendle Community Safety Partnership urges residents to use fireworks responsibly

Published: Wednesday, 20th October 2021

Firework safety

As Bonfire Night approaches, Pendle Community Safety partnership is reminding residents to use fireworks in a responsible and considerate manner.

It’s urging everyone to respect their neighbours as well as pets and wildlife who can be terrified by the loud bangs.

Councillor David Whipp, Chairman of Pendle Community Safety Partnership, said: “If you’re planning to celebrate Bonfire Night, it’s really important that you do so responsibly.

“Please only buy fireworks from licensed venues and not from unknown retailers on social media sites.

“Look for the CE mark so that you know what you are buying is safe!”

He added: “Although on Bonfire Night fireworks can legally be let off until midnight, be mindful of your neighbours.

“Let them know if you’re planning to light fireworks so that they can keep their cats and dogs safely inside and don’t do it too late.

“This is can be a distressing time for people and animals.”

  • Before letting off fireworks, read all of the safety instructions on the box so that you know important things like how far away people need to stand.
  • Point fireworks away from spectators.
  • Never keep fireworks in your pocket and never return to a lit firework.
  • Once any debris has cooled down, tidy it up and soak it in a bucket of water overnight before you throw it away.
  • Always ensure anyone using sparklers does so wearing gloves.
  • If you are buying fireworks ahead of 5 November, ensure they are stored away from sources of heat, are kept dry and locked away from children.

Only people aged 18 and over can legally buy fireworks.

You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to six months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.