Remember, remember to teach the kids about firework safety this Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night can be fun for the whole family, but it is important to teach kids about firework safety.

Each year thousands of people are injured by fireworks, keeping you and your family safe should be a priority on Bonfire Night.

At home

If you are planning to set off fireworks at home make sure you are fully aware of the safest way to do it. Only buy fireworks from reputable stores who will provide you with safety instructions and warnings about the dangers of fireworks.

Always keep children a safe distance away from fireworks when they are being lit and keep a bucket of water close by for debris and firework casing. Ensure fireworks are set off a set distance away from buildings or cars and in a wide open space.

Setting fireworks off without the right safety measures in place can result in injury for both adults and children.

At a display

It is always safer to attend an organised firework display rather than having your own.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service provide a list of organised firework displays they are away of on their website, making it easy to find your closest event.

If you plan to attend an event, make sure the whole family is wrapped up and ready for the cold weather. Put a note with your contact details into the kids’ jacket pockets in case you get separated in a crowd and always arrange a meet-up point when you arrive.

Sparkler safety

Sparklers can be great fun but they can also be dangerous. Did you know: sparklers can get five times hotter than cooking oil?

Like all fireworks, sparklers should be kept in a dry, cool place and should never be given to babies or young children to hold. Always hold sparklers at arm’s length and don’t give them to children under five.

Once you are finished with your sparklers they should be plunged into a bucket of cold water to ensure they are put out.

Before you head out to the fireworks tonight wrap up, stay safe and ensure the whole family knows about firework safety. Most importantly, have fun!

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