Remember, remember, the fifth of November

If you’re planning to celebrate Bonfire Night this year, please do so only with members of your own household. Make sure you follow all the health and safety advice on your fireworks. Remember these are actually explosives and you should follow the Firework Code.

Our NHS colleagues are already seeing an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients it has to treat, so the last thing we want is for people to suffer nasty burns or other injuries that might require medical attention.

Just as it’s important to keep yourself safe, please do look out for your pets too.

Indoor pets

  • Shut any windows and doors so they can’t run off if they do get frightened
  • Make sure blinds and curtains are closed
  • Build them a den in an area they feel safe in. This could mean putting an extra blanket on their bed
  • Try turning up the TV or music so they’re distracted by familiar sounds

If your pets are unsettled, it’s important not to get cross with them or make too much of a fuss of them. Give them some space and treat them as you would normally.

Outdoor pets

If possible, bring your outdoor pets inside.

  • Move animals in their hutches, like guinea pigs or rabbits, to a garage or shed
  • Soundproof their cages by putting a breathable blanket over the top
  • Give them some extra bedding so they have somewhere to hide if they do get scared

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