AS Diwali is celebrated today, residents are urged to use fireworks responsibly in terms of the Explosive Act 1956 and by-laws, and on all other festive occasions. The Act gives the permitted time period of the lighting of fireworks which is 7pm to 10pm and also states:• Fireworks may not be set off in any public place - parks, streets, pavements, etc. - or buildings.• Children under 16 may not buy fireworks or set off unless accompanied by an adult.• No fireworks to be set off within 200 metres of hospitals, petrol stations, old age homes.Pet owners are urged to take precautions to ensure their animals are safe and secure as they can be adversely affected and highly stressed by the noise of the fireworks . Pets should be kept indoors, with curtains drawn and music, radio or television on to drown out loud noises. If necessary give the pets calming medication.Research has shown that the hearing of dogs and cats is five times that of humans, which is why they are traumatised by the loud bangs.Remember Diwali is the festival of lights – an occasion of happiness and celebration.