This page lists forthcoming firework events, which have been brought to our attention. Please note, this may not be a complete list of all events across the Island.
If you are holding an event involving fireworks, please send us the details here, so that we can alert people.
|Town Church, St Peter Port||Public||25/11/2017||Glitter cannons (not specifically fireworks) released at 17:00|
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Sale of fireworks
- The sale of fireworks to the public will commence on Friday 27th October this year and will be allowed until close of business on Sunday 5th November.
- The sale of fireworks to persons under 20 years of age is prohibited.
If you hold your own fireworks display
- If you do hold your own event, the designated days are Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November 2017. Please follow the HSE good practice guidance.
- If you are holding your own display, no matter how small, please go to the following site to notify of the location www.gov.gg/events; this will help inform your neighbours and animal owners about potential noise. You can mark the event as "public" if you want to encourage visitors or as "private".
- Be a good neighbour. Let people know what you are planning. If there is livestock in nearby fields let the owners know what you are doing and do not cause a nuisance by firing them late at night.
- Keep your display to the designated days (3, 4 and 5 November) and reasonable hours between 6.30 - 8.30pm - finishing your display before 9pm. Do not fire fireworks in public places (parks, beaches etc).
- When buying fireworks, seek the advice of the retailer and read the manufacturer's instructions as to the suitability of the firework for the area in which it is to be discharged. Some of those on sale to the public are not suitable for the average garden on the island.
- Always buy fireworks well in advance of letting them off; give yourself time to read the instructions on the fireworks in order that you can make the preparations necessary to fire them safely. Many require wooden stakes driven into the ground or a hole dug to partially bury them.
- Read, understand and always follow the Fireworks Code. Simple precautions save injuries and damage.
- Check the wind speed and direction.
- The packaging will give you the safe distance between people, buildings and fireworks (often 8m for smaller fireworks, 25m for larger fireworks).
- Never let children light fireworks. Do not allow young people unsupervised access to fireworks.
- Remember that sparklers burn at temperatures in excess of 1000°C - make sure to wear gloves when holding them and have a bucket of water nearby to quench them when they are burnt out. Sparklers cause more injuries every year than fireworks.
Advice from the States Veterinary Officer
- A proportion of companion animals (dogs/cats/rabbits/guinea-pigs/horses etc.) are scared of loud sounds, typically fireworks and thunder. It is impossible to predict which animals will develop sound phobias but it usually takes multiple loud sounds to sensitise an animal. When exposed to loud sounds phobic animals become fearful and anxious.
- It is important to keep sound phobic animals in a safe and secure environment that will ideally muffle the sounds. However animals must not be confined to small spaces as confinement heightens their anxiety. For instance, keep your dog in the house, draw the curtains, turn up the television but let the dog wander from room to room as it wants.
- Owners must be careful not to reinforce the phobia by trying to reassure fearful animals. If you fuss over your dog when it is fearful you will simply reinforce its feeling that there is something to be fearful about. Carry on as normal and your dog will follow your example that there's nothing to be scared of.
- Owners of sound phobic dogs could try to desensitise them months before any noisy event. This should be done with the assistance of an animal behaviourist.
- If you've left it too late to desensitise your dog you could try anxiolytic medication such as 'Zylkene' and behavioural aids such as 'DAP Diffusers or Collars' and 'Thundershirts'.
- Liaise with neighbours if you have a sound phobic animal so they can moderate the use of noisy fireworks and limit the duration of their display.
- Pick up firework or party debris the next day to avoid any injuries to wildlife.