Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot. Ten magic words, and as a child that’s all it took to cause uncontrollable excitement.
Every year I still look forward to Bonfire Night, as it’s a great excuse to get together with family and friends to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ at the glittering, cascading lights and swooshing bangs that fill the sky. There’s a serious side to the flaming fun though, and Bonfire Night safety should be top of your list, especially with children around.
If you’re planning a firework display at home, follow these essential Bonfire Night safety dos and don’ts and your night will be up, up and away in no time!
DO – Stand well back from all bonfires and fireworks. Set a boundary line for the kids and stick to it – no tiptoeing forward.
DON’T – Go near fireworks after lighting. Adults should always handle fireworks and be cautious around any that fail to explode.
DO – Wrap up warm and don’t forget the gloves! Wearing gloves when using sparklers reduces the risks of burns.
DON’T – Light fires, fireworks or sparklers in enclosed areas. Just like your little ones they need a lot of space, and with fireworks reaching up to 150 mph you won’t be able to outrun a rogue.
DO – Keep a water bucket nearby for all those used fireworks and sparklers – a big bucket means bucket loads of fun.
DON’T – Hold babies or young children near sparklers, the bright lights can attract their attention causing them to reach out and grab.
DO – Keep fireworks in a closed box, keeping them dry and ready for the big event. Remember to hide the box out of reach and out of sight from kids.
DON’T – Ever use more than one sparkler at a time. Burning three sparklers together can cause enough heat to melt some metals.
Wishing you a safe and happy night!