Bonfire night is something we all look forward to each year and it’s a great way to remember an important part of British history. Fireworks can be fun, and I’m sure there are many of us who have fond memories of standing around a hot bonfire on a crisp November night eating toffee apples.
As bonfire night approaches, children become excited and parents and adults may start to think about where and how they will spend the night. Some of you might be thinking of joining a community celebration whereas others might be planning more private affairs. However you choose to spend the night, there are some important factors to take into consideration, that will help keep all the family safe, whilst still having fun in the meantime!
What risks can bonfire night pose?
Wherever there is fire, there are risks to both adults and children. Children of all ages but especially the young need to be supervised to ensure that they understand fire safety and how to keep themselves and others around them safe and sound. Of course you cannot eliminate every possible risk but you can make children aware of what they should and shouldn’t be doing.
The following should be taken into consideration:
- Children’s hands can be burnt very easily from using sparklers
- Fires can become out of control, and even standing too close can become very hot and sparks can spit out as the fire heats up
- Children may become scared from loud bangs so be prepared for some possible tears
- Don’t take animals near firework displays as they don’t understand what is happening and can become very stressed
- Make sure children are visible at all times so they don’t wander off
- Fires can become out of control very easily and quickly
To ensure that you have a safe but fun evening, we have some top tips for you!
Top tips to help you have the best fireworks evening
- Talk to children beforehand about fire safety – Let them know their boundaries and what they can and cannot do.
- Always have a responsible adult present and make sure there are enough adults to children to ensure they can be kept an eye on them properly.
- Buy reputable fireworks from a licensed shop to ensure they meet the UK safety standards, this is also the Law.
- If you are hosting a private firework/bonfire display, ensure you have enough space so that there is enough space around the lit fireworks and bonfire. Ensure your display is legal and that you know what you are doing.
- Have sand/water available and near in the case of sparks or fire becoming out of control.
- Ensure those using sparklers wear gloves and only light one at a time. Always follow safety instructions carefully.
- Children may become scared from the loud bangs if it’s their first time, try talk to them beforehand and consider taking earmuffs for young children’s ears.
- Ensure that all fireworks and fires have been securely extinguished before you leave any area unattended, it takes the smallest of sparks to start a fire
- Make yourself aware of what to do in the case of an emergency, and ensure you treat an emergency burn as efficiently as possible before medical services arrive.
If you follow these top tips from us, you should be able to have a fun and enjoyable night with all the family. Just remember that children rely on us for guidance and support at events involving risks.