Stay safe this bonfire night
Bonfire night can be one of the most exciting nights of the year but it is important to keep safe.
This Sunday is bonfire night and people across the country will be celebrating with bonfires, fireworks and sparklers. It is important to remember the dos and don’ts when it comes to bonfire night to keep you and your family safe.
Dos and Don’ts
- Do stand far away from both the fire and fireworks.
- Do light only one sparkler at a time and do so at arm’s length.
- Do only use sparklers if supervised by an adult.
- Do keep your cat and dog inside during bonfire night.
- Do make sure an adult checks the bonfire for hiding pets or wild animals before it is lit.
- Do keep a bucket of water ready for emergencies.
- Don’t go near a firework after it has been lit.
- Dont go near a firework after it has gone off – leave it for adults to clean up.
- Don’t use sparklers without wearing gloves.
- Don’t give sparklers to children under the age of 5.
- Don’t keep the bonfire in the way of things such as trees and buildings.
- Don’t light fireworks after 11.00pm as this is illegal.
How to light fireworks safely:
- Lay out the firework while it’s standing on its bottom or stand. You will need to make sure that there are no flammable materials or plants nearby.
- The adult will then warn people in the area that they are about to light the firework.
- Once the firework is lit, an adult will then make sure no one else is in the area of the firework and walk away.
- Have a bucket of water standing by to put in the used fireworks.
- When the night is over, it is safe to put the wet fireworks in the bin.
Your pets can get really frightened around bonfire night as they do not understand the loud noises that fireworks make.
Dogs will need a good walk before the evening. For smaller pets ensure that they have everything they need for the whole evening.
Close all windows and curtains so the sounds of the explosions and the lights are reduced. Turn on the television to help distract the noise.
Make sure you pet has been microchipped by the vet. This means that if your pet escapes and runs away, he or she can be returned to you.
It’s very cold in November and standing around in the dark can be very chilly! So wrap up warm with thick hats, socks, jumpers, coats and scarves.