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Bonfire & Fireworks Safety - Are you Prepared?

With Bonfire night fast approaching, you might be considering holding your own special fireworks display.

Let’s face it, there are a few things more exciting than a huge noisy display of beautiful colours and shapes in the sky – especially for kids! But it is important to be aware of the risks and dangers fireworks and cosy bonfires can pose to everyone involved, if not handled and monitored carefully.

If you are planning on hosting a private fireworks display in your garden, there are a few things you can do to prepare for a successful and safe event. The NHS website has published its own list of guidelines for people to follow…

Health and Safety Matters

  • Buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer – they are available from many chains of supermarkets as well as garden centres
  • Let your neighbours know and take on board any of their concerns or requests
  • Make sure your fireworks are suitable for the size of your garden and that they comply with British Standard 7114 or its European equivalent
  • Make sure that on the night, you have handy…

  • A bucket of water
  • A torch for reading instructions
  • Gloves and eye protection
  • A bucket of Earth (for fireworks to be stuck in)
  • Ideally you will enlist one person to be responsible for letting off the fireworks and that person must not be drinking alcohol during this time. Make sure that your guests stand well away from the fireworks and supervise children at all times.

    Another important thing to remember is to not go back to a lit firework if it has not set off. The firework is still live and could be seriously dangerous if it explodes near you.

    It is a well-known piece of advice that animals should be kept inside but also bear in mind that fireworks should not be set off after 11pm unless it is November 5th where they can be used up to midnight.

    For more health and safety advice for your fireworks night, visit the NHS website.

    Lighting a Bonfire? Here are Some Handy Tips…

  • First of all, it is important that the site you choose to house your bonfire is far from fences, trees and outbuildings. Rubbish needs to be cleared away, especially if it contains items such as bottles, plastic, paint and flammable liquids.
  • Old sofas and other rubbish items should not be used as material for your bonfire as they cause an unpleasant smoky smell when burnt. Instead use dead branches, prunings and twigs to get your fire going.
  • Ideally use bare soil for the base of your bonfire and construct the bonfire at the last minute. Move your materials from your storage heap to the area cleared for the bonfire so that any wildlife hiding can escape.
  • Before you pat yourself on the back for all your hard work once the evening is over, make sure to extinguish your bonfire. Also do not allow fireworks to be thrown on the bonfire because as you can imagine, it is very dangerous!
  • Fireworks displays offer a great opportunity for friends and family to get together, wrap up warm and have lots of fun. We hope you enjoy your Bonfire night this year, just make sure it’s spectacular!

    Comments

    AVS Fencing

    Thanks Sandra for your comment, I'm glad you liked the post. I hope you got to see some fireworks too, they are everywhere at the moment! AVS.

    sandra

    Thanks you for the advice!

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