Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot;
The British tradition dating back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, which brings fireworks and delight to most but also fills others with dread especially our four legged friends, we have put together some fun facts and top tips for everyone to enjoy Guy Fawkes night!
Did you know?
- Some fireworks can travel up to speeds of 150 mph.
- Bonfire night was originally called bone fire night.
- Until 1959 it was illegal not to celebrate bonfire night in the UK.
- If three sparklers are burnt together, they will reach the same heat at a blowtorch used for joining metal.
- Fireworks were invented by accident. In the 10th century, a Chinese cook accidentally mixed three common cooking ingredients (sulphur, charcoal and a salt substitute) and set it alight, which resulted in colourful flames.
- The first recorded fireworks display in England was at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.
- Fireworks first reached Europe in the 14th century. Initially, they were produced by the Italians and the first recorded display took place in Florence.
Keeping the animals safe.
Fireworks night isn’t often a fun time for our four legged friends and unfortunately it doesn’t always last for one night, we have put together some tips to keep them happy and safe.
- If you have a bonfire in your garden check for any cats, hedgehogs or other animals before lighting.
- Try to keep all cats indoors from early evening and over night from the weekend before until a few days after the event.
- Keep all animals locked safely indoors on the night its self, especially if you are having a display at home.
- Try not to leave them at home alone if possible.
- Leave the television or radio on, to keep them company and to mask the sound.
- Close the windows and curtains.
- If your pet is very distressed at this time of year, you could visit your vet or local pet store to buy some animal calmers.