Look after your ‘neigh’bours this Firework Season

Firework displays are no longer contained to just the 5th November … if they are set off before 11pm (with just a few nights’ exception) they are legal any night of the year.
If you care for a horse this can be somewhat of a headache, particularly if your horse is stabled near housing or a recreation field. It is a considerate party organiser who informs his horse-owning neighbour that he is planning a firework event on an evening and a time … and is a start for the horse owner to prepare.
If your horse is to be close to the fireworks, the British Horse Society advise that you stay with him throughout the event to sooth and calm should he panic. Also, to ensure that his stable or field is secure and free of any dangerous obstacles should he take flight. If he is stabled to keep the doors closed and turning all lights on will minimise flashes. Another tip is to prepare your horse by playing a radio before and during the event to mask the sounds of the fireworks. Your horse may well be afraid of the smell of smoke too. A very nervous horse may need sedation from a vet. Needless to say, you should never ride your equine friend during a firework display! Finally, the next day, check the paddock and surrounding areas thoroughly for bits of firework or any other debris from the night before, horses have been known to die from eating pieces of firework waste.
So, do spare a thought for your equine neighbours this season if you have a firework party planned to ensure that our much-loved creatures are as comfortable as possible as the sparks and flashes fly. For all your fire safety needs including, fire extinguishers, fire blankets, fire alarms and fire safety training for your staff contact us at Bath & West Fire & Safety.

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