Spare a thought for elderly this Bonfire night

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We’re urging anyone planning Bonfire night parties or fireworks displays this November (2018) to spare a thought for the elderly and vulnerable.

Bonfire night is a particularly frightening time for the elderly due to the associated loud noises, so we’re asking people to take extra care when hosting parties and setting off fireworks, and to pre-warn any elderly or vulnerable neighbours in advance.

We will be making sure all of our service users are reassured on the night, but wanted to spread the word, so others can check on any older friends, relatives or neighbours they might have.

It’s a good idea to choose a suitable time to let your fireworks off or light your bonfires, make sure to avoid loud noise after 11pm. Fireworks should be let off in an open space as the sound can bounce off buildings and enclosed spaces, frightening elderly people. We don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, but fireworks are explosives and can be very dangerous.