November 05, 2019
Events such as bonfire night aren’t events that are celebrated by everyone. For people with conditions such as M.E./CFS it can be a very distressing and difficult time. Earlier this year in May we responded to an inquiry by the House of Commons Petitions Committee about fireworks and its effect on people with disability. In our response, we highlighted and suggested that:
Today, the House of Commons Petitions Committee have published their report, which has identified groups of people who can be particularly badly affected by fireworks, including anxiety disorders; cerebral palsy; dementia; epilepsy; fibromyalgia; myalgic encephalomyelitis; and multiple sclerosis.
In this report they state that “there is very clear evidence that loud unexpected noise from fireworks has severe and distressing effects on people with a range of health conditions and disabilities.” Amongst their concerns was that the use of fireworks contributed to already existing feelings of isolation and an exacerbation of symptoms.
The committee have suggested a number of recommendations for the government to consider including:
You can learn more about this report on the House of Commons Website.
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