Remember remember health and safety this bonfire night

Halloween is over and Christmas lights are already lighting up the streets, but before we go full-festive mode its time for fireworks and bonfires. 

Guy Fawkes night is here, get ready to light the sparklers and make smores. Bonfire night is filled with fun, but without the proper knowledge of how to stay safe it could end up as a bigger disaster than Guy Fawkes’s plot to kill the king.

Bonfire safety

Bonfires are the most traditional part of Guy Fawkes night but making your own is normally a bad idea. Lighting your own bonfire can put your safety at risk as well as your family’s. Heading along to your local bonfire is the safest way to celebrate Guy Fawkes night. Firefighters will be ready to put these bonfires out if they get out of control.

If you do decide to attend your local bonfire it is important to keep your distance, this is especially important if you are taking the kids along.

Firework safety

Fireworks are undeniably the best part of bonfire night, but they can be extremely dangerous. If you are letting off fireworks at home make sure you are a safe distance away from any buildings or trees.

Always light fireworks standing upright on the ground and never while they are in your hand. Keep a bucket of water close by to put the firework packaging in once it has landed.

Personal safety

All of the excitement that comes along with bonfire night can make you forget that your personal safety is just as important. The nights can get chilly in November so its important to wrap up to avoid getting a cold. Look out your best thick socks, hats, gloves and ear muffs.

If you suffer from asthma, bronchitis or a heart condition the smoke and loud noises can be dangerous for your health. Keep a safe distance from fireworks and bonfires or watch your closest show from inside your house.

Sparklers

Sparklers are a sure fire way to make the kids smile, but they can be dangerous if used irresponsibly. Three sparklers lit together conduct the same heat as a blowtorch.

Always wear gloves when using sparklers and only light one at a time, holding it at an arms length away from your body. Have a bucket of water ready to put used sparklers in to avoid burns and fires.

Find more information on bonfire night safety here.

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