Bonfire Night!!

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Be Safe this Bonfire Night!

Bonfire night is one of the most favoured holidays out of the year but is also one of the most dangerous nights of the year. Statistics I have found show that in 2020/2021 there were more than 100 hospital admissions of people with firework related injuries. Around 21 of the 116 admissions were children under the age of 14 and 9 of them were children aged 4 and under. 

Here are some important tips categorised to ensure you have a fun and safe Bonfire night this year.  

Sparkler safety: 

  • Always have a bucket of water on hand to drop the used sparklers into to allow them to cool down after use. 
  • Wear gloves to protect your hands from the flying sparks and the heat emitting from them. 
  • Hold your sparklers at an arm’s length to also keep safe from the sparks. 
  • Only use Sparklers outside.
  • Only use one sparkler at a time. 
  • Avoid wearing loose fitting clothing as sparklers can ignite them. 
  • Do not run around with a sparkler in your hand! this can be very dangerous to the people around you.

Bonfire safety:

  • Do not build your bonfire too high.
  • Do not light your bonfire with petrol or any flammable liquids. 
  • Check around your bonfire for things that are easily flammable and remove them. 
  • When building your bonfire, keep it at least 10 feet away from buildings or combustible materials.

Firework safety:

  • NEVER hold a lit firework in your hands.
  • Don’t light them indoors. Light them in a spacious place and move anything easily flammable away from the firework. 
  • NEVER point fireworks at other people. 
  • Once again, keep a bucket of water on hand at all times. 
  • Don’t drink alcohol if your setting fireworks off because it will slow down your reaction time.
  • Don’t go near a firework that has been lit even if it hasn’t gone off yet, it still could. 

Stay safe tonight but don’t forget to have fun!

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