Stay Safe this Bonfire Night while using Fireworks
01 November 2017
Bonfire Night is a chance for the whole family to go out in the evening to enjoy fireworks, hot food and sparklers.
However, injuries can easily happen – which is why it’s always a better idea to go to large public displays, rather than attempt to light fireworks in your own garden.
And it’s not just on Guy Fawkes Night. Celebrations at Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year can be just as risky.
In order to have a successful bonfire night this 5th November, make sure everyone in your party is clued on firework safety rules.
From an early age, it is so important to brief the rules on firework safety for children. Ideally, we recommend going to a professional fireworks display, where trained staff set up the show. However, if you're doing fireworks at home, make sure you're following these firework tips:
- Don’t put fireworks in pockets
- Keep fireworks in a closed tin, and take them out one at a time
- Follow the instructions to each firework using a torch
- Never return to a firework once it has been lit
- Light fireworks at arm’s length with a taper
- Keep naked flames like cigarettes away from fireworks
- Don’t tuck trousers into wellies, wear them outside of them instead.
- Always light sparklers one at a time
- Hold sparklers at arm’s length
- Wear gloves when handling sparklers
- When sparklers are finished, deposit them in a bucket of sand or water
- Don’t give sparklers to under-5s
- Teach older children to not wave their sparklers near anyone else
Bonfires can be a brilliant spectacle, but not one that comes without any risks. Council-run bonfires are the best ones to go to – they’re bigger, safer and have more space than ones on domestic property. With that in mind, it’s also worth bearing in mind, these bonfire night safety tips:
- Make sure a bucket of water is kept close by in case of accident
- Tie back long hair
- Ensure children aren’t wearing loose, flowing clothes
- Never pour petrol or paraffin on a fire
- Make sure the bonfire site is away from any trees, buildings and a safe distance from the crowd
- Check for any overhead cables or pylons before the bonfire is lit.