Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks at this time of year, but they can be terrifying and overwhelming for pets, livestock and wildlife.
If you want to enjoy fireworks as part of celebrations over the next few months please remember there are a few steps you can take to help make them less frightening for pets and wildlife;
Go to an organised event – this will reduce the overall number of fireworks disturbing animals.
Please only let fireworks off on or around traditional celebration dates – such as Diwali, Bonfire night, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year. Most owners will already know to expect fireworks on these dates, and should have prepared accordingly to help their animals cope.
Look for low noise fireworks.
Let your neighbours know well in advance - so animals, including horses and livestock, can be prepared.
Never set off fireworks near livestock, as frightened animals – especially horses – can injure themselves when frightened.
Remember, fireworks can also disturb wildlife so steer clear of known habitats like lakes with waterfowl and trees with roosting birds.
Check bonfires for wildlife before lighting as animals like hedgehogs may be hibernating.
Pick up any firework litter after it has cooled down and dispose of it safely, as it can harm animals.
The RSPCA provides lots of helpful advice for pet owners to help deal with the effects of fireworks.