Residents and event organisers planning to use fireworks are being urged to do so considerately.
As well as stressing the importance of safe use, whether in your own garden or at an organised event, those using fireworks are asked to be sensitive to their neighbours and wildlife.
Good practice would see people warn neighbours, including farmers, of their intention to use fireworks, and the use of quiet fireworks is also encouraged – especially in areas close to horses, livestock and other animals.
Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council (TDC) Cabinet Member for Partnerships, said the advice applied at any time of year but is particularly relevant now ahead of Bonfire Night.
“We recognise many people enjoy fireworks, and absolutely want people to enjoy themselves and celebrate a moment in our history this Bonfire Night. This year may be particularly popular given how few events there were last year due to Covid-19 restrictions,” Councillor McWilliams said.
“However, as well as using fireworks safely we’re asking people to use them considerately. Please think about your neighbours, who may have pets or children who don’t like loud noises, and warn them in advance.
“There are also lots of silent and quiet fireworks out there which may be a more appropriate choice, and we would urge you to consider these.”
For advice around the safe use of fireworks please visit the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service website: https://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Home_Fire_Safety/Home_Safety_Advice/FireworksBonfire_Night/
Purchasers are also advised to only use an approved fireworks vendor, and advice on anti-social use of fireworks can be found on the Essex Police website: https://www.essex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/asb/asb/antisocial-behaviour/fireworks/.