The evenings are drawing in, and winter is just around the corner. But guess what: it’s nearly Bonfire Night!
The fifth of November gives everyone a chance to relax and have fun. Whether kids are tucking into mountains of cinder toffee or adults are catching up over a few drinks, it’s a night to remember.
It goes without saying that you need to stay safe, but sometimes it helps to have a reminder. Our guide is here to make sure that happens.
DON’T LET KIDS PLAY WITH FIREWORKS
Your fireworks need to be handled by an adult. It’s natural that the kids’ curiosity will make them want to help with your display, but their safety needs to come first.
HAD ONE TOO MANY? STEP AWAY FROM THE LIGHTER
You probably think that extra glass of wine will focus your firework lighting technique. If you’re starting to feel a bit worse for wear, it’s better to let someone who’s a bit more sober do the job.
TREAT BURNS QUICKLY
It’s a fact of life that people will get burned on Bonfire Night, so you need to be prepared. Before the ambulance arrives, remove any clothes that might stick to the burn and run it under cold water. Then try the wound gently and treat with an antiseptic cream. Then bandage the burned area and keep it elevated until help arrives.
DON’T RELIGHT FIREWORKS
Ok, so the twelve year-old in you really wanted to see that monster Roman candle work its magic. Especially after how much it set you back. But don’t be tempted to go back, because it might just take a while to go off!
DON’T BUY KNOCK OFFS
It might be tempting to buy those monster rockets of Kevin from work at a fraction of the price, but it’s not worth it. Who knows how long they’ve been sitting in his damp garage for? It’s safer to buy them from a shop. Plus you won’t get into any trouble with the police.
DON’T MAKE A HUGE BONFIRE
Unless you’re out in the middle of a deserted field, it’s probably a good idea to keep your bonfire in check. That way, you reduce the risk of stray cinders causing a fire.
SECRET WEAPON: SAND
You might be a bit sceptical about using sand to put out a fire, but trust us, it works! Water won’t do any good if you want to put out a few wayward sparks, but sand will do the trick. It cuts off a firework’s oxygen quicker than water.
NAIL THAT CATHERINE WHEEL DOWN
For a Catherine wheel display, don’t hammer the nail in to too tight, and knock it in at a slightly downward angle. That means it’ll spin without getting stuck, and won’t fly off anywhere it shouldn’t.
SPARKLERS: GET THE KIDS TO GLOVE UP
For younger children, sparklers are a fun way to get their hands on fireworks. Make sure that they put gloves on and point the sparklers away from each other to avoid any nasty surprises!
DON’T JUST THROW FIREWORKS AWAY
When the night is finished, the last thing you want to do is think about clearing up. Don’t just throw them away for the bin men to collect on Monday morning. Ring your local council, who will get rid of them for you. That means you don’t have the hassle of dealing with the mess yourself.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed our guide to Bonfire Night safety. Remember: it’s easy to stay safe and have fun at the same time. Enjoy the fireworks!
This has been a guest post by James Archer on behalf of Tiger Sheds .