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Fireworks: Pets

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 187029, tabled on 1 November 2018

To ask the Secretary of State Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on the effect of fireworks on pets.

Answered on

12 November 2018

Government takes firework safety very seriously and the Office for Product Safety and Standards is currently working with industry, retailers, charities and others, including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and Netmums, to promote the safe and responsible use of fireworks and to raise consumer awareness on firework safety.

We are encouraging their considerate use through government-sponsored guidance via the GOV.UK website. This includes a link to the Fireworks Code hosted by RoSPA that contains a section on respecting neighbours especially those with pets and informing them of planned displays. In addition, the Government supports the Blue Cross animal charity guidance which advises how to avoid or reduce stress to animals when fireworks are being set off. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the Kennel Club and the Dogs Trust provide similar advice on their websites concerning how to minimise the impact of fireworks use on animals.

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