Warm coats and woollen hats, Toffee apples sticking to your teeth, marshmallows turning a golden brown as they caramelise on the fire before you, two gloved hands cwtching the mug of hot chocolate closer, bursts of light dance in the heavens , the smell of a roaring fire and a cacophony of explosions in the night sky
There is something about watching fireworks flying off into the sky and exploding before your eyes that remains magical no matter what your age.
But, its not magical for everyone..
While many look forward to Bonfire Night, others are filled with anxiety in the lead up to it.
Reports from the RSPCA , estimate that around 62% of dogs, 54% of cats and 55% of horses show signs of distress during firework displays.
Loud noises and sudden flashes of bright light can startle farm animals and cause them to injure themselves on fencing and farm equipment.
The RSPCA has produced some helpful advice for those planning fireworks display to limit the impact of fireworks on pets, horses and other livestock which can be found at https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general/fireworks
Fireworks can also leave vulnerable people feeling scared and anxious and trigger the symptoms of people with PTSD.
Here are some tips to stay responsible:
Attend an organised display instead of holding your own
Buy fireworks from a registered retailer, ensure they carry the CE mark
Consider using low noise fireworks as they can reduce the stress that is normally caused by loud fireworks where animals as well as people who suffer with PTSD are concerned
Please remember these considerations not just on Bonfire Night but at any other time throughout the year when you might be planning to set off fireworks.
You can find resources to download and support firework safety at http://www.gov.uk/guidance/my-safety-fireworks
Places to watch Fireworks
5th November 2022
Presteigne Fireworks Display - Parade leaves from the recycling centre at 6:15pm
Fireworks 6:45 pm at Wents Meadow
Builth Road - Community field 6:30pm
Llanfyllin Workhouse Firework Display 6:30pm
Glasbury Fireworks - River Wye Activity Centre 5pm
Elan Valley - Elan Village Green TBC
Llanidloes - Kennel Fields 6:30pm
Machynlleth Lantern Procession and Fireworks 6:30pm