Stay Safe On Bonfire Night
Fire safety and children – firework safety tips
It is always best to go to a properly organised display, but if you do decide to celebrate at home we have some easy tips to follow:
- To make sure you don’t hurt yourself, always wear gloves when playing with sparklers.
- It’s a really good idea to have a bucket of water close-by to put sparklers in when they have finished – remember they are still really hot even when they have gone out.
- When your family buy fireworks, they need to always be British Standard marked fireworks in compliance with registered number: BS7 114.
- Fireworks should always be kept in a sealed metal box or biscuit tin, take one out at a time and never put fireworks in your pockets.
- It is really important that the adult responsible for arranging and lighting the fireworks reads all the instructions using a torch and not a naked flame.
- A responsible adult should always light fireworks at arm’s length, using the taper provided.
- Never, ever throw a firework.
- Once a firework has been lit, don’t go anywhere near it – make sure everyone watching is a safe distance away.
- If you have a bonfire it should be built far away from any hedges, buildings or fences, and there should be a garden hose ready in case of any emergencies.
- Never light a bonfire with petrol. Petrol fumes can remain on clothing.
- Take care around open flames such as bonfires and barbeques – even clothes labelled ‘low flammability’ can catch fire.
- Keep all pets indoors.
- Oh and finally, this one is for mums, dads or anyone organising a display at home: fireworks and alcohol do not mix – it’s a good idea to nominate an adult who isn’t drinking at the party to be in charge of the fireworks.
For more firework and bonfire safety tips please visit: Bonfire Night Safety.co.uk
We hope you have a great bonfire night, stay safe and remember to wrap up warm