Residents Reminded to Celebrate Bonfire Night Safely and Considerately

Published: Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Residents of Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston are being reminded to celebrate bonfire night safely and be considerate of their neighbours this year.

Bonfire night is an exciting event for the whole family each year, however, with organised firework displays cancelled due to the pandemic, residents are being reminded to mark bonfire night safely while also being considerate to others.

While fireworks can bring joy to many, they can cause anxiety for others and many pets.

If you decide to celebrate please be considerate to others. Here are some things you can do:

  • Let your neighbours know if you are planning a bonfire
  • Don’t create a bonfire close to trees, hedges, fences or buildings
  • Ensure wheelie bins are off the street after collection day and make sure it is secure
  • Stay a safe distance away from fireworks and bonfires
  • Never hold a lit firework
  • Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer
  • Always wear gloves when holding a sparkler
  • Don’t set off fireworks in the street or after midnight on November 5
  • Follow Government Safety Firework Safety Advice

Residents may also want to consider celebrating differently this year with alternative activities including:

  • Make some bonfire night inspired treats such as toffee apples
  • Get crafty and make rockets out of toilet roll tubes or paint a bonfire night scene
  • Go for an autumn walk in our open spaces
  • Bake cookies and cupcakes and decorate them as fireworks or bonfires

New national restrictions are due to be in place by Thursday November 5 but until then Oadby and Wigston remains in Tier 2 Local COVID Alert Level. Residents will need to ensure they are following the latest guidance while marking bonfire night this year.

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