NEIL Hamilton, AM for Mid & West Wales, and Leader of UKIP Wales, is urging his constituents to take care in the run-up to Bonfire Night.
Mr Hamilton is backing the Farmers’ Union of Wales, who are calling on people to follow the fire safety code over the Halloween and bonfire season and not to let off fireworks near animals.
“I am happy to support the FUW who are reminding us all that fireworks and sky lanterns can be dangerous and cause distress to livestock and pets.
“As bonfire night fast approaches, please consider attending an organised display, where safety is paramount and letting off fireworks is controlled.
“It is a particularly difficult time of the year for both domestic and farm animals, as many are frightened of flashes and bangs. I would like to add my voice to the FUW and urge everyone to be mindful of others, especially animals.”
FUW Vice President Brian Bowen said: “We call on people to stick to the firework safety code at all times, especially over the bonfire and Halloween season, to minimise the risk to livestock, pets, and humans.
“This time of year poses many dangers to animals and children – so don’t let negligence and ignorance be the cause of real-life horror.”
“It is also a good idea to make sure that your pets have been microchipped by a vet and that the details on the chip are up to date prior to bonfire night, just in case they go missing.
“We also remind people that sky lanterns have now been banned on all public land by all councils across Wales, as they pose significant dangers to livestock and are, of course, a considerable fire safety risk.”
Animals, in general, are not fond of the noise of fireworks and can become quite anxious during this time of year. Therefore, the FUW urges people to be considerate and not let them off near livestock.
If you are having a display at home the FUW urges everyone to follow the firework code at all times to minimise the stress for farm animals and children.
It is also advisable to give neighbours a few day’s notice of your firework display, particularly if they are elderly, have young children or pets.