Everyone knows Bonfire night is a fun time of the year, here are some tips on how to stay safe.

Sparklers– A sparkler can reach up a temperature up to 2,000°C which is over 15 times the boiling point of water and should always be handled with care.

  • Store sparklers and other fireworks in a closed box in a cool, dry place.
  • Always light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
  • Never hold a baby or child if you have a sparkler in your hand.
  • Plunge finished sparklers hot end down into a bucket of water as soon as they have burnt out.
  • They can stay hot for a long time.

Sparklers With Children

  • Never give sparklers to children under the age of 5.
  • Always supervise children with sparklers.
  • Avoid dressing children in loose clothing.
  • Give children gloves to wear when holding sparklers.
  • Show children how to use sparklers (Away from their body and at arms length)

 

Sparklers In An Emergency

  • Keep calm.
  • If clothing catches fire, get the person to stop, drop and roll in a heavy material (like a curtain)
  • Cut around clothing to avoid sticking to the skin, never pull it off.
  • Dont touch any burn or burst any blisters.
  • Unless the burn is very small, go to hospital.
  • If the burn or the person is (or was) unconscious dial 999

 

Bonfires-

  • Organise the bonfire properly.
  • Bonfires should be at least 18 metres (60 feet) away from houses, trees, sheds, fences.
  • Always use domestic fire-lighters.
  • Before lightening, check for animals or children.
  • Never use paraffin, petrol or any other flammable liquids.
  • Never put batteries, fireworks, aerosols, tins of paint or tyres on the bonfire.

 

Fireworks-

  • Check the fireworks you buy are suitable for the size of the garden and conform to British Standards (BS 7114; 1988)
  • Ensure your display area is free from any hazards
  • Do not tamper with fireworks
  • Read instructions in daylight
  • Warn neighbours, especially the elderly and those with animals, about your display

Before You Start- 

  • Torch for checking the instructions
  • Bucket of water/sand.
  • First aid kit.
  • A board for flat bottomed fireworks.
  • Protective hat, gloves and eye protection.
  • Suitable supports for Catherine wheels.

Safety During The Firework Display

  • Stand well back.
  • Light fireworks at an arms length distance with a taper.
  • Never go back to a lit firework
  • Keep children well back.
  • Never throw fireworks, it is dangerous and illegal. It is a criminal offence to do this in a public place or in the street, with a maximum fine of £5000.

 

 

Alcohol

  • Never drink alcohol if you’re setting fireworks off.
  • Keep guests away from alcohol and fireworks who are drinking alcohol.
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pocket to parties or celebrations

The clear message is alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

Pets

Pets hate loud bangs and flashes and they get very frightened on bonfire night. Keep your pets indoors and close the curtains to make things a lot more calmer for them.

Dogs

  • Exercise your dog during the day
  • Never walk your dog whilst fireworks are being set off.
  • Let you dog hide if it wants to take cover under furniture or in a corner.
  • Keep your dog indoors, play loud music or turn the television up loud to prevent the noise.

 

Cats

  • Keep your cat indoors.
  • Play loud music or turn the television up loud to prevent the noise of the fireworks.
  • Make sure your cat is micro-chipped so to ensure your cat can be returned if it became lost.
  • Let your cat hide if it wants to take cover under furniture or in a corner. Never force a cat to come out as this could cause more stress.