Bonfire Night can be one of the best nights of the year – it’s an exciting time, just far enough away from the summer and just close enough to Christmas to get everyone in the party mood.
With toffee apples at the ready, fireworks lighting up the sky and sparklers sizzling away, it’s a time many people get together to celebrate the changing seasons.
It’s definitely a night to remember, but make sure you remember it for the right reasons.
Bonfire Night and the weeks surrounding it result in hundreds of needless painful injuries and trips to A&E every single year. Many of these could have been avoided by taking a few simple safety steps.
Here’s how to keep the whole family safe while still having an unforgettable Bonfire Night.
With so many fireworks to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. First, only buy fireworks from a reputable retailer. Avoid unlicensed sellers or market stalls at all costs. While you may save some pennies, they could be dangerous.
The most important thing to check before purchasing is that the British Standard Kitemark BS7114 is present on the packaging. This ensures they’ve been thoroughly tested and safety checked. Never be talked into buying any fireworks if you can’t see this mark.
You should also make sure you only buy full and sealed packs – avoid any which look like they have been tampered with.
Fireworks are often sold in bumper packs with many different and exciting varieties to wow your audience. But each and every type of firework comes with its own hazards and unique lighting instructions.
Make sure you read the instructions thoroughly for each firework, and prepare the night before to ensure there’s no accidents.
If you light a firework and it doesn’t go off, don’t be tempted to run back immediately. If it’s been lit, it may well go off at any moment, so be cautious.
It’s quite likely we’ll be greeted by rain on Bonfire Night and the days following thanks to the lovely British weather. But thankfully, rain isn’t a dealbreaker when it comes to fireworks.
As well as making sure the whole family are wrapped up, you need to waterproof your fireworks too! You can easily do this using bin bags or even cling film. Just make sure you keep the fuse dry and the fireworks will be good to go.
While rain doesn’t cause too many issues, wind can. You have to think carefully about the direction of the wind and the position of your spectators. If the wind is blowing towards them, you’ve got a huge safety problem. Don’t ever risk fireworks or debris sweeping towards viewers in the wind.
The options here are to take the display much, much further away, or if the wind is very strong, reschedule your display. Safety really does come first.
It’s Bonfire Night, so they’ll be happy and excitable and eager to see the fireworks. Keep them close when the fireworks display and bonfire are going on, and don’t let them close when fireworks are being lit.
Supervise children carefully when sparklers are being used – they can cause nasty burns. In case of an emergency, it’s useful to keep a bucket of cold water nearby – you can dunk the used sparklers in it too.
It’s unlikely anybody will catch alight, especially if you’re careful and consider safety first. But it’s always good to be know STOP don’t run, DROP to the ground, and ROLL to put out the flame if it does happen.
One of our favourite tips for a fun and safe Bonfire Night is to make sure you have plenty of fun. Stock up on toffee apples, watch the kids stare with amazement at the sparklers, and wrap up warm and cosy while you enjoy the bonfire.
With some knowledge and a little planning, you can have a fun bonfire night that the whole family will love!