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Bonfire Night

4th November 2022

Have a safe Bonfire Night.

We look forward to an exciting night, but it is important to remember to celebrate safely Here are some tips to keep this Bonfire Night safe, whether you’re hosting your own party or attending one in your community.

Make sure there is enough space.

No matter if you’re building a bonfire at home, shooting off fireworks on the drive, or attending a busy display, always be aware of your surroundings. Make sure guests stand well away from bonfires and any fences surrounding your home. Prior to lighting the fire, make sure there are no hidden pets or wild animals underneath.

Sparklers should be handled with care.

While sparklers have long been a source of fun at this time of year, children and adults should know how to use them safely. Always wear gloves when handling sparklers and keep them at arm’s length. When the sparkler is spent, put it in a bucket of water to cool off. You should not give sparklers to children under five years old.

Don’t wear loose clothing.

Be sure to wear sensible clothing with no loose material and tie your long hair back whenever you’re around naked flames during Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Choose fireworks wisely

Make sure the fireworks you purchase are appropriate for your garden size and include the BS 7114 mark if you’re planning a display. Fireworks should be stored in a metal box once they’ve been brought home, and a torch should be kept with you when you’re lighting them. Once a firework has been lit, never return to it, and always keep water or sand nearby in case of an emergency.

Make sure pets are comfortable.

Bonfire Night isn’t a favourite time of year for pets. The loud bangs and other noises often leave them frightened and cowering behind furniture. Ensure their night is as stress-free as possible. Close all windows and doors and draw curtains to reduce the sound of explosions. Don’t try to coax them out if they’re sitting frightened in a corner. It will only cause more upset.

Clean up thoroughly afterwards.

Once your guests have left, wander around the site and make doubly sure there aren’t any unlit fireworks lying around. Keep an eye on the dying bonfire until it’s fully extinguished and pour water on it instead of leaving it.

 

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