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21 October 2020 - Bonfire Night Celebrations during Covid

Bonfire Night Celebrations during Covid

PPP are asking residents if they are holding their own bonfire night celebrations during the period around bonfire night then please:  

  • Be observant of Covid restrictions - remember the rule of 6 and Hands – Face - Space
  • Remember that bonfires and fireworks may cause a nuisance to your neighbours and we encourage you, out of courtesy, to discuss your plans
  • Bonfires burning damp materials will cause excess smoke
  • Make sure you are not burning pollutants such as plastics
  • There is a risk that bonfires may get out of control and put excess pressure on emergency services - follow guidance from Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue service regarding taking precautions
  • Multiple fireworks, going off over a longer period of time, may frighten and stress local pets and animals. Look out for fireworks labelled ‘low noise/silent’. Please talk to neighbours with pets to let them know your plans.
  • If you’ve a pet who gets distressed during the firework ‘season’ see link here from PPP Animal Warden team
  • Fireworks should not be let off in public places such as a park or your street
  • If you are setting off fireworks in your garden make sure your garden is big enough for the type of firework and that you follow the safety instructions and firework code

If you are unsure what it legally allowed, in general terms, on Bonfire Night, see link here from Thames Valley Police.

Firework safety guidelines see here.

Current guidelines on gatherings under COVID restrictions see link here.

Bracknell Forest
West Berkshire