Protect the pets
While we might “ooh” and “ahh!” at the pretty fireworks, it’s probably likely that your pet- canine, feline or other- might be slightly more nervous. It’s not nice to think that while you might be having fun at the local community fireworks, your pet might be scared alone at home. So what can you do?
If your pet has a favourite place then make sure it has a blanket or a cover to help them feel enclosed and safe. Creating a place for them to retreat and hide in will help them feel secure. It can be as simple as a table with a blanket draped over it, anywhere that will help them to feel protected.
Pets are also pretty perceptive, so the more normal you act the better. While you might want to shower them with extra love and affection, they will feel that something is off and this might make them more anxious.
For the pets that are kept in hutches outside, bring the hutch inside or put it in a garage or shed. If this is not possible then turn the hutch to face the wall rather than the open garden as this will reduce the sound of bangs. Put a thick blanket over enclosure to block out flashes but make sure there is still ventilation!
Keeping your home unharmed
As well as keeping your pets safe and happy, give your home the same treatment! Fireworks night means that a lot of people will be out of their homes, or hosting parties. Aviva claims that it sees a 22% rise for theft claims on Firework not compared to any other night. So it’s important to make sure your home remains safe. Lock all doors and windows, leave a few lights on to create the impression that someone is home and keep all gadgets hidden away. These are only simple measures but it will help you to enjoy your night a lot more knowing that you have taken all precautionary measures.
Fantastic Firework Photos
You probably do the same every year, you go to watch a firework display and film the entire thing on your phone, only for said video to sit gathering dust and taking up memory in your camera roll. But what if you got some absolutely cracking (pun intended) photos that you could proudly post online with a smug “I got some BANGING photos on Firework night” (pun also intended).
Make sure you turn your flash off, fireworks are bright enough and will show up on the camera without it. Having the flash on will probably just mean something else becomes illuminated, like the person’s head who is standing in front of you. If your phone has a burst mode then utilise this and pick your favourite later.
As tempting as it might be to zoom in, it will make your photo grainy. Resist the urge and just crop later, so just sit back and enjoy!
Enjoy a benign bonfire
If you’re having your own bonfire in the garden then it’s important we mention a few little safety tips. If you have a small garden, a fire pit or a smaller fire is advisable. Make sure it is as far as possible from fences and bushes - 10m is advised. If your garden is not big enough for this, then a smaller fire is probably best - you can still cook marshmallows so why do you need a huge one?
Since it’s autumn and the garden has likely been strewn with leaves it’s pretty tempting to burn all these leaves up on the bonfire yes? It may seem like a good way of getting rid of piles of leaves, but wet weedy materials will create a lot of smoke. If you’re prepared for your hair and clothes to smell like bonfire for the next 6 months then go ahead. Avoid burning plastics or treated wood in large quantities and instead opt for quick burning like brambles, untreated wood materials such as untreated wood, brambles and tree branches.
It’s definitely worth checking that there are no small animals that have made their winter retreat in your bonfire pile. Hedgehogs, frogs and newts are all animals that will potentially make homes in piles of leaves so check, check and triple check that there are no small creatures cosied up before lighting it. Try to create your bonfire as close to lighting it as possible, or move the pile to a debris free area to allow wildlife that has moved in the chance to get out.
Now go on, off you pop (we can’t stop with the puns) and enjoy Bonfire night.