With high Covid-19 infection rates across Bath and North East Somerset residents are once again being urged to stay Covid-safe and enjoy Bonfire Night responsibly.
In 2020 public events to mark Guy Fawkes Night were cancelled due to Covid, but this year many organised displays are going ahead.
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Director of Public Health is urging those attending to continue to take precautions.
Rebecca Reynolds, Director of Public Health said: “We really want people to enjoy Bonfire Night safely without exposing themselves or others to the risk of contracting Covid-19. The infection rate across Bath & North East Somerset remains amongst the highest in the country, so I’d urge caution. Take a Covid test before you attend any event and please follow the guidance, wear a mask when amongst crowds and try to keep some physical space around you”.
Residents planning on having fireworks at home are advised to follow the ‘firework code’, read warning labels and keep children and pets, who are often frightened by loud noises, safe.
Adults wishing to buy fireworks for home displays are advised to do so from licensed sellers and only let them off between the times allowed by law of 7am and 11pm, apart from November 5 when it is permitted until midnight.
Air pollution generally increases, particularly in built up areas, around 5 November due to bonfires and fireworks being let off . You can reduce your impact on the environment by opting for eco-friendly fireworks or white fireworks as they have fewer harmful chemicals in them than colourful ones.
Flammable liquid should never be used to get bonfires started and once lit, bonfires should not be left unattended. Only burn dry material as damp material causes smoke. Don’t burn aerosols, tyres, cannisters or anything containing foam or paint as these can produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode. Once a bonfire has died down remember to spray the embers with water to stop it re-igniting.
Councillor Dine Romero, cabinet member for Children and Young People, Communities and Culture said: “We all know fireworks and bonfires can pose a hazard so it’s important people follow the safety guidance. Please be considerate of your neighbours, stay safe and enjoy the celebrations.”
You can find more firework and bonfire safety advice by visiting Avon Fire & Rescue’s website
BANES council has advice on how to make events Covid secure on its website.