Stay Safe on Bonfire Night: Firework Safety Tips

Bonfire Night can be one of the most exciting nights of the year for all the family, and so it should be. With all the colour and sounds of fireworks lighting up the sky, it can be easy to forget about the safety dangers that Bonfire Night can bring. It is especially important to make sure children understand the dangers of bonfires, fireworks and sparklers and that pets are safe and comfortable.

Did you know? 
• Fireworks can travel at speeds of up to 150mph
• It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18
• If three sparklers burn together, they can reach the same temperature as a blow torch

Whether you are going to a display or having a display at home, follow these tips to ensure all the families safety.

Fireworks safety

Children should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers. Lighting and disposal of fireworks should only ever be done by adults. Here are some handy tips if you are planning a firework display at home. 

• Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable
• Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time
• Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
• Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back
• Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
• Never return to a firework once it has been lit - it’s safer to discard it as a unusable one than risk injury
• Do not put fireworks in your pockets
• Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators


Keeping safe with sparklers

Whilst sparklers are great fun, they can also reach temperatures of up to 2000°C making them incredibly dangerous if safety precautions are not taken. Follow these tips to have fun and keep safe with sparklers.

• Always wear gloves to protect your hands
• Use sparklers in a safe open area that is not too windy
• Sparklers should be held at the base of the stick and should always be lit by an adult
• Supervise children at all times when using sparklers
• Hold the sparkler away from your body and face
• Once a sparkler has finished burning place it in a bucket filled with water
• Never attempt to pick up a sparkler once it has gone out, even long after it has stopped burning


Pets on Bonfire Night

Pets dislike bangs and flashes and get very frightened on fireworks night. To reduce the stress caused to your pets keep them indoors and close all the curtains to make things calmer. Remember it's not just your own fireworks that cause distress, so you may need to have your pets indoors on several nights when other displays are taking place.
Advice for owners of cats and dogs

• Try to keep your cat indoors
• Take your dog for a nice long walk during the day
• Avoid walking your dog in the evening when fireworks are going off
• Let your pet hide if scared, trying to coax them out could cause them more stress
• Make sure your pets bed is clean and comfortable, so they have a nice environment to rest in.
• Make sure your pet is wearing their collar and is micro chipped

Remember be safe, have fun and enjoy your Bonfire Night.




Posted by Zoflora (05/11/2015)