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Firework plea ahead of Clap for Carers

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Residents are being urged to stop setting off fireworks ahead of the latest ‘Clap for Carers’ tribute tonight.

Council bosses have been contacted by concerned NHS and care workers who are worried about the fireworks distressing their pets left home alone while they are out on the frontline fighting the coronavirus.

The loud bangs lighting up the night sky could also frighten the elderly living alone, council chiefs fear.

The latest tribute, where people are urged to come out onto their doorsteps and applaud to show appreciation, is set to take place at 8pm tonight.

The plea comes after council chiefs yesterday urged people not to set off potentially dangerous sky lanterns to pay tribute.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental, highways and street services, said:

We understand that people want to pay tribute to the fantastic job being done by our frontline health workers in the fight against coronavirus.
A large number of people standing on their doorsteps clapping is a more than powerful and moving enough message that we all appreciate what they are doing.
We don’t need people to set off fireworks - they are upsetting for pets and can scare older residents.
I have had NHS and care workers contact me upset because their animals are being scared by fireworks while they are out working and caring for people.
They are getting home to a frightened pet or, even worse, having to leave their pets in a distressed state to go on a shift.
It doesn’t help at all as it adds to their worry instead of them relaxing with their pets after what is often a long shift.
I would urge people to think and avoid fireworks during Clap for Carers. Show your support for the fantastic work they are doing by going out on your doorstep and putting your hands together.

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