Remember, remember the 5th of November!

Guy Fawkes Night is just a few days away which means it’s time to brighten up the skies with fabulous fireworks!  

Whilst bonfires and fireworks can be fun at home, fireworks can be dangerous if they are not used and handled properly.

It is much safer to attend an organised firework display.

If you are planning on hosting your own firework display at home, please take all of the necessary precautions to ensure that you and family and friends with you are safe.

We’ve put together some tips to stay safe when celebrating this week.

Bonfires

If you are planning to have a bonfire in your garden, make sure it is away from fences, bushes, trees, sheds and yours and your neighbour's property. Please also ensure that everyone remains a safe distance from the flames at all times.  

Bonfires are not to be lit in communal gardens.

Building bonfires in advance of lighting it can often lead to small animals such as hedgehogs taking refuge inside the collection of wood. If you can, build your bonfire as close as possible to the time it is due to be lit. Also check thoroughly for animals before lighting your bonfire - this can help save the lives of hedgehogs and other small animals.

Take a look at some great advice from UK Fire Service Resources

Bonfire Safety advice 

Fireworks

It is important to remember that fireworks are explosives and can be very dangerous if they are not handled correctly.

To stay safe during your fireworks display:

  • Ensure you have a metal box, with a lid, for the storage of the fireworks
  • Make sure you carry a torch or mobile phone with a flashlight to read and double check the instructions
  • Keep a bucket of water or sand close by in case of emergencies (water hoses may also be helpful)
  • It is a good idea to wear protective clothing such as gloves to avoid any small burns
  • Keep a first aid kit close by
  • Use a bucket (preferably metal) of earth to stick the fireworks in
  • Use a board for flat-bottomed fireworks
  • Use the correct launchers for large fireworks such as rockets
  • Light fireworks at arm's length with a taper
  • Stand well back and never go back to a lit firework
  • Keep children a safe distance from fireworks at all times
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from all fireworks

Sparklers

Did you know, burning 3 sparklers at the same time produces the same heat as a blowtorch… now that’s hot!

To stay safe when handling sparklers, follow the advice below:

Safety tips for using sparklers

  • Store sparklers in a closed box, which is kept in a cool, dry place
  • Always light them one at a time and wear gloves
  • Place finished sparklers - hot end down - into a bucket of water or sand as soon as they have burnt out
  • Remember sparklers can stay hot for a long time after they have finished burning so please handle them with care
  • Sparklers are often banned from public displays so be sure to leave them at home when attending an organised event
  • Do not use sparklers in a crowded place
  • Remember, always take care when holding a sparkler and never hold a baby or child if you have one in your hand
  • Don’t give sparklers to children under the age of five

Animals

To keep your pets safe this Bonfire Night, please make sure that your pets are kept locked inside your home during any firework displays. 

Animals can quickly become distressed by the sound of fireworks, so it may be worth having someone to sit with your pet if this happens to help calm them.

Take a look at the RSPCA guidance for caring for animals during firework festivities:

Pets and Bonfire night