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A guide to staying safe on Bonfire night Posted On 01 November 2019

Bonfire night can be one of the most exciting nights of the year and for very good reason. It’s a night filled with pretty firework displays, traditional bonfire treats and cosy hot drinks. However, it’s important to stay safe.

Whether you’re attending a firework display or celebrating at home, it’s important to remember that there are certain things you should and should not do

You should:
  • Build your bonfire far away from your home•stand far enough away from fireworks and the bonfire
  • Make sure an adult checks the bonfire for hidden animals•have a bucket of water nearby for emergencies
  • Keep your beloved pets inside during the celebrations
  • Remember to wrap up warm

 

You should never:
  • Return to a firework after it’s been lit
  • Let off fireworks after 11pm, (or midnight on the 5 Nov), as it’s illegal
  • Build a bonfire near to any trees, fences or your home
  • Leave before ensuring the fire and surroundings are put out
  • Pour petrol or paraffin on the fire

 

Firework safety

Firework displays can be great for the whole family.They can also be very dangerous, so here are a few tips on how to stay safe:

  • Only adults should; set up firework displays, light fireworks and safely dispose of them
  • You should only buy fireworks which show the CE mark
  • Read and follow the instructions
  • Use a taper to light the fireworks
  • Have a bucket of water at hand
  • Use a board or other non-flammable rigid surface for flat-bottomed fireworks
  • Stand at a safe distance whilst fireworks are going off

 

Fun with sparklers
  • Find somewhere safe and open
  • Make sure you wear gloves when handling sparklers
  • Sparklers shouldn’t be given to children under the age of five
  • Hold the sparkler away from your face and body
  • Never touch the end of the sparkler
  • Once it’s no longer burning, put it in a bucket of water

 

Bonfire night stats
  • 4, 436 people used the NHS A&E services for firework related injuries in 2017/2018
  • Around half of all firework injuries happen to children under the age of 16 (gov.uk)
  • Over the past five years over 350 pre-school children have been hospitalised due to firework injuries (UK fire service)

 

Tips to help keep your pets safe

Bonfire night can be a very scary night for your furry friends. According to the RSPCA, 45 percent of dogs show signs of fear when they hear a firework set off. So, to help, we’ve put together a few useful tips to keep them safe and happy.

  • If you have a dog, make sure you walk them in daylight hours before the fireworks start
  • Close all your windows and curtains, to help muffle the sound
  • Put the telly or radio on to provide distraction
  • Create some hiding spaces around the house and if they do hide under furniture, leave them there
  • Make sure your pet is micro-chipped in case they escape
  • For small animals, partly cover their cages with blankets: this will help with soundproofing
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