Staying safe on Bonfire Night

Fireworks and sparklers can be beautiful and fun. But they can also be dangerous if you’re not careful around them. We have some tips to ensure that your children can enjoy Bonfire Night while also staying safe.

The celebrations might look a bit different this year. Whether you’re planning to put on your own mini display or attend a local event, there are ways to make the most of the night.

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Bonfires

  • Leave plenty of space. When building a bonfire, make sure that you leave plenty of space. The fire should be far away from your house, plants, fences, sheds or other flammable objects. You and your family should stand well away from the flames.
  • Lighting your bonfire. Never light a bonfire with petrol or other explosive substances. This can lead to serious injuries, burns and even explosions.
  • The water bucket. Always have a large bucket of water nearby when you have a bonfire going in case of any emergencies.
  • Clothing. Avoid loose clothing that could potentially catch fire from stray sparks.

Fireworks

  • Firework instructions. When reading the instructions for fireworks, make sure you use a torch. Do not use a flame of any kind. Make sure to keep other flames away from the firework packaging. This includes cigarettes, lighters, and sparklers.
  • Stand clear. Do not go near a firework after it has been lit, even if it is taking a long time to go off. It could start at any time and cause injury.
  • Noise cancelling headphones. Headphones can be helpful if your child seems distressed or scared by the noise of the fireworks. This will mean they can enjoy the night and not feel scared by the loud noises, or hurt their ears.

Sparklers

  • Arm’s length. Teach your child to hold their sparklers at arm’s length so they avoid any kind of burns or accidents.
  • Water down after use. After the sparkler has gone out, pour water over it. Make sure your child does not touch it again as they can be very hot even without the flame.

With these safety tips in mind, fireworks and bonfires can be a really fun way to socialise and enjoy your evening.

We hope you have a great Bonfire Night however you decide to celebrate! Always remember to clean up your fireworks after you have finished using them.

For more dos, don’ts and fun Bonfire Night facts, visit the official Bonfire Night Safety website.

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