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ULTIMATE FIREWORK SAFETY

Safety comes 1st here at Epic Fireworks.

Here is a list of the safety features you must follow before having any dealings with fire and fireworks:

It is better to be safe than sorry.

• Make sure that you have safety goggles and a pair of gloves to hand and wear them when lighting fireworks.

• Make sure that there is one person in control of lighting the fireworks.

• Make sure that you have a bucket of water handy for used sparklers and any unspent fireworks.

• Double check your bonfire before lighting, make sure there is nothing inside (hedgehogs are renowned for hiding in bonfires).

• Use the safety port fires to light your fireworks not a lighter and any other naked flame and ALWAYS light them at arm’s length.

• Don’t drink and light fireworks – alcohol and fireworks are not a good combination and they may lead to injury.

• Store your fireworks in a metal box and use them one at a time.

• Make sure that you give pets enough space and somewhere to hide before you set off the fireworks.

• Make sure that you read the instructions fully on the fireworks before lighting them.

• Never throw fireworks.

• Make sure that you have the correct distance when standing and watching the display and point any fireworks away from your audience.

• Never go back to a lit firework even if it hasn’t gone off.

• Make sure there is a first aid kit to hand.

• Always supervise children around fireworks.

• Do not give sparklers to children under 5 years old.

• Do not throw fireworks onto the bonfire.

• Make sure that the fire has been put out fully and any dud or incomplete fireworks are submerged in water for 24-48hrs before leaving the display.

• Notify any neighbours if you are having a display so they can if they need to sort out any animals they may have before.

• Make sure that you adhere to the law and keep an eye on the time. You are able to have fireworks every day between 7am and 11pm. There are exceptions with extended periods for Bonfire Night (midnight) and Diwali, New Year and Chinese New Year (1am).

If ever in doubt; check it out!!

Make sure that everyone is kept safe the next time you have a display!

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Firework Safety For Pets

Here at Epic, we are dedicated animal lovers and have our share of cats, dogs and other small animals in our care both at home and the wildlife on site here at Tankersley.  We have quite the menagerie living on site including a family of stoats which go white in winter with a little black tip on their tails, magpies, rabbits, squirrels, hedgehogs and water hens (yes, we have a large pond at the back of the site which plays home to the water hens and a colony of Great Crested Newts).

In a recent conversation with the local representatives of the Cats Protection League, we were horrified to learn of the number of feral kittens that they receive calls about that have been badly burned in Bonfires so it is not just hedgehogs you need to check your Bonfire for.

As in the past, if you are having a Bonfire Night event with a fire to keep everyone warm, please remember to stack the wood and combustible materials beforehand, checking carefully for feral kittens, hedgehogs, mice and rabbits.

This Bonfire Season remember the golden rules:

  • Keep your dog/cat indoors with a drink of water and a deep bed or perhaps an old duvet (in case they foul it) for them to hide in.
  • Walk your dog whilst it is still daylight
  • Put on the TV or radio to drown some of the noise from fireworks
  • Draw curtains or blinds wherever possible to keep the flashes hidden
  • Bring hutches with rabbits or other small mammals inside and cover with a blanket to keep the noise as low as possible and provide extra hay or bedding material for them to burrow in.
  • Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should a dog be allowed at a display as even if they are not gun-shy (or do not react to fireworks) and are OK around crowds, a big display could have any number of tiny babies and toddlers that may be distressed and screaming which will upset your pet, particularly if you have children yourself
  • Thundershirt – this is a patented design product which applies constant pressure to a dog’s upper body which has been proven to keep them calm.  If you don’t want to go to the expense of buying one (they range from around £15 for a toy dog to around £50 for a Labrador sized one), if you get a wide crepe bandage (long) and bind your dogs chest area, it lowers anxiety and helps your dog to feel more secure.
  • If your pet is of a particularly anxious nature, you could contact your vet for some DAP or Dog Appeasing Pheromone plug in.  You just plug it in the room where your pets are and leave them to remain calm.

Be mindful of letting your neighbours know if you are having a Bonfire or Fireworks display on a day other than the 5th November so that they can keep their pets in and safe too.

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4th July Fireworks And Pets

Fireworks are enjoyed year-round by people to celebrate the 4th July, but can be a source of fear to many animals.

This is not necessarily something which has to cause problems for the pet owner provided they take some precautions in respect to finding them somewhere they feel safe.

Making sure that your cat or dog has somewhere to hide and that importantly they have access to this area at all times. This may be a cupboard or under the bed but it must be readily available.

We recommend that you walk dogs during daylight hours and keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off. At nightfall, close curtains and put on some music to mask the sound of the fireworks for your pets. If your pet shows signs of fear, try to ignore it as this can compound the issue. Leave your pet alone unless they are likely to harm themselves.

Sounds scary – In the long-term, your dog needs to learn to be less afraid of noises and therefore may benefit from a treatment offered by the RSPCA called sounds scary. It’s a CD based therapy to lessen the impact of noise on animals.

If you are going out to a display, just ensure that your pets have a safe haven, with their favourite toy and close all curtains, blinds and doors to lessen the impact of the noise and lights.

If your display is going to be in your own garden area, you could consider going for quieter firework selections to lessen the impact and again, try to keep them inside and out-of-the-way of the children and other visitors as animals can be very unpredictable when they are afraid.

If you need help or advice on which of the Epic lines are best suited to pet owners, please get in touch.

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