Stay safe this Bonfire night
Bonfire Night is almost here, so we’re bringing you a round-up of useful advice on having a safe and fun time!
- Wear gloves and hold sparklers at arm’s length once they’re lit.
- Don't hold more than one sparkler at a time.
- When the sparkler is finished, place it in a bucket of cold water to make sure it’s properly extinguished.
- Only give sparklers to children aged 5 or over and never hold a sparkler whilst you’re holding a child.
- Don't forget to write your name in the air!
- Minimise health and safety risks by making sure that your hair is tied back and that you aren’t wearing loose or flowing clothing before you light the bonfire.
- When you set up the bonfire, choose a place that’s not close to wooden fences, sheds, children’s playgrounds or houses. Before you light the bonfire, check for animals (Such as hedgehogs or cats) hiding inside.
- Never use accelerants such as petrol or spirits to get the bonfire going. It’s much safer to use fire lighters to reduce the risk of flare ups.
- Keep a bucket of water close to hand in case of any accidents and make sure there is a responsible adult in charge of the bonfire at all times. When you’re ready to go home, pour water over the bonfire to extinguish it, rather than leaving it to burn out naturally.
- When you buy fireworks, always check that they carry the CE mark, they’re meant for home use and are suitable for the size of your garden.
- Ensure that a responsible adult is in charge of the display and that rocket style fireworks are directed away from spectators. Fireworks can travel at speeds of up to 150mph, so it’s essential to position them safely away from people.
- Keep a bucket of water close by, so that spent fireworks can be stored safely until they are disposed of.
- Over 900 people are injured each year by fireworks, so minimise risks and never return to a firework once it has been lit.
- Bonfire Night can be a scary time for animals, so try to keep them inside wherever possible. Close your windows, turn on the TV and pull blinds or curtains to reduce the sound of the fireworks outside.
- Be considerate to your neighbours and pre-warn them that you intend to light fireworks. Also, remember that it’s an offence to let off fireworks after 11pm, so have your display in the early evening.