Our Ten Tips For Keeping Your Children Safe on Bonfire Night.

Bonfire Night is one of the most entertaining nights of the year for children (unless they don’t like loud noises, then its best to avoid it and shelter indoors!) There are plenty of public events on and around November 5th and throwing your own Bonfire Night party is always a great idea. But in order to have a good time, you need to keep safe. If you are thinking of attending a firework event or throwing your own party for Bonfire night, here are some safety tips from Natalie to make sure your family make the most out of Bonfire Night in the most safe way!

1). Don’t build the bonfire too high

Always ensure your fire is built in an open space and not too close to houses, hedges, fences or sheds. Where possible, try to attend an organised display and keep a safe distance to ensure your safety.

2). Never light a bonfire with petrol

Or any flammable liquid, instead use domestic fire lighters and never throw aerosol cans or tyres onto a fire.

3). Keep a bucket of water nearby

Ensure you have a hosepipe or bucket of water on hand in case of an emergency. Used fireworks and sparklers should always be placed into the bucket after use for safety.

4). Only buy fireworks marked with the BS7114 kitemark

You should also never place fireworks in your pocket. Be sure to store them in a cool, dry box and away from young children.

5.) Always follow the instructions

And remember to use a torch and not the light of a flame to read the instructions on each firework. Be sure to use a taper to light the firework at arm’s length and stand well back from them. Always supervise young children around fireworks.

6). Never go near a firework that has been lit

Even if the firework hasn’t gone off, it can still explode. Also, never throw discarded fireworks onto bonfires as they may still have gunpowder left in them.

7). Never give sparklers to a child under five

Only light one sparkler at a time and teach young children to hold them at arm’s length.

8). When a sparkler goes out, do not touch it

It could still burn you, so be sure to put the hot end down into a bucket of water.

9). Ensure children are not wearing loose clothing

As they may catch fire and always ensure children wear gloves.

10). Keep pets indoors

The loud noises of fireworks will scare many pets. Always check before lighting a bonfire that your pets are inside and safe.

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Natalie X