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Fireworks fun that doesn't annoy the neighbours

Weddings and parties are generally a time to let your hair down and have some fun. What’s not to like? Well, quite a lot if things if you live or work close to an event where things get out of hand and the noise levels rise and rise. Yet, celebrating considerately is perfectly possible with a little pre-planning, and it needn’t ruin the fun.

Bonfire Night is a perfect example. With 5 November just around the corner, people everywhere will be planning firework extravaganzas. Keeping attendees safe will (or should) be top of the agenda, but coming a close second should be ways to ensure the event doesn’t cause a nuisance for the neighbours.


1. Choose a considerate supplier

Many fireworks companies are now offering ‘low noise’ options, not only for situations where neighbours may need to be conciliated but also for events where attendees may become distressed by louder fireworks. According to Total Pyro Fireworks, our provider of choice, this option is becoming more and more popular as it offers the perfect compromise without removing any of the pyrotechnic fun.

2. Can’t beat ‘em?

A tried-and-tested way to seek the neighbours’ co-operation prior to a potentially noisy event is to invite them along for free. Many will appreciate the gesture and, even if they choose not to attend, will be more inclined to grin and bear it, knowing that you have tried to include them in your plans. Make sure you give plenty of notice and let them know your anticipated timings. Of course, private events such as a wedding makes this option less appealing, but you should still let people know what’s going to happen when by way of flyers through the door or a notice on local social media groups 

3. Think outside the fireworks box

While fireworks are clearly a key part of any Bonfire night celebration, they needn’t be the ‘be all and end all’. Think about other forms of entertainment that won’t annoy the neighbours. You could shorten the length of time that the fireworks are being let off and provide sparklers for people to enjoy instead. Add a light show to the evening or run an arts and crafts stall for children to make firework models out of glitter, paint, pipe cleaners and glue. Or make the bonfire the central attraction and allow people to (carefully) bake potatoes in the embers.

4. Safety first

Always have a high level of first aid provision on hand, whatever the size of your event. St John’s Ambulance will provide first aiders and can advise on the level of medical provision your event will require. Have your own first aid supplies available and consider attending a first aid courser in advance to brush up your own skills. Have transport easily available to take people to hospital if necessary. If you plan for the worst, you can aim to limit the impact of any injuries or emergencies, should they arise.

5. After the ball is over

After your fireworks event, make sure the clearing up is done quickly and effectively. Get rid of debris from food and drink containers, bonfire ashes and the remains of any fireworks around the local area. Remember to thank anyone involved in the smooth running of your event, including the neighbours who put up with the additional noise and traffic. If your event raised money for charity, it would be considerate to let the local community know how much you raised, and where the money will go. By taking the time to do these things after the event, you could help foster goodwill for a repeat performance next year.

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