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Bonfire Night: Your Guide to a Safer Night

This Saturday is Bonfire Night – which marks the failure of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot. Children all over the country will be ready to be amazed by incredible fireworks, play with sparklers and eat toffee apples whilst watching a giant Bonfire!

It’s easy to lose sight of the obvious dangers Bonfire Night brings, so here are some things to keep in mind to ensure your night is safe, whether you’re at a public display, or you’re doing fireworks at home.

Did you know?

  • It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18
  • If three sparklers burn together, they will do so at the same heat of a blowtorch used for joining metal
  • Throwing a firework is a criminal offence and you can be fined up to £5000 for doing so!
  • In a recent year there were 990 injuries caused by fireworks in October and November.
  • 494 of those were children who were injured by sparklers or fireworks

Sparkler Fun! Here is some important information to tell your children:

  1. Find somewhere safe that is open, but not too windy
  2. Remember to wear gloves so you don’t get burnt!
  3. Get an adult to light the sparkler whilst you are holding the base of the stick
  4. Make sure that only one sparkler is lit at a time. Remember that when they are first ignited, they give a very bright and heated initial spark!
  5. Remember to hold the sparkler horizontally and as far away from your body and face as possible.
  6. Once you have had fun with the sparkler (try writing your name!) and it is no longer burning, make sure to put it in a bucket filled with water.
  7. Never touch the end of the sparkler, even after it has stopped burning.

Dos and Don’ts

  • Do stand far away from both the fire and fireworks.
  • Do light only one sparkler at a time and do so at arms length.
  • Do only use sparklers if supervised by an adult.
  • Do keep your cat and dog inside during bonfire night.
  • Do make sure an adult checks the bonfire for hiding pets or wild animals before it is lit.
  • Do remember to wrap up warm with thick socks, hats, jumpers, coats and scarves – it’s pretty cold this November!

 Don’t go near a firework after it has been lit.

  • Don’t go near a firework after it has gone off; leave it for adults to clean up.
  • Don’t use sparklers without wearing gloves.
  • Don’t give sparklers to little children if they are under the age of five.
  • Don’t light fireworks after midnight on Bonfire Nights as this is illegal.

 To read the safety guide in full, click here!

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Posted on 3 November 2016

Posted in Events / Family Advice / General / Health

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