Remember, remember – Five things to think of this 5th of November
Bonfire night can be a great time to get together and have fun whether you have fireworks at home or go to one of the many great displays around our county.
But, because of the very nature of the event: explosive fireworks, being out at night in the cold and dark, bonfires; there are things it is wise to think of and prepare for.
Here are five things to remember:
- Keep pets indoors, safe and comforted. We may enjoy the thrill of the loud bangs and bright colours of fireworks, but our pets really do not. Make sure yours are safely inside this weekend with the curtains drawn and perhaps even the radio or television on to cover some of the sounds of fireworks.
- Be safe. Always let an adult be the one to light fireworks and bonfires. Read and follow all the instructions and make sure there is plenty of space for your fireworks display if you are doing one at home – and that it is not windy! Wear gloves when handling sparklers and make sure there is somewhere safe for used ones to be collected and kept away from young children.
- Wrap up warm. If you are standing outside at night at this time of year, it is going to get cold. Make sure you keep yourself warm with hats, scarves, coats and boots. This will also mean you won’t be tempted to get too close to the bonfire to warm yourself up.
- Be considerate. Did you know it is illegal to set fireworks off after 11p.m? However, it is nice to be considerate of your surroundings: young children, older people living on their own, young families, people who work shifts could be unsettled by fireworks being lit at all hours of the day and night, and in close proximity. Think of those around you and plan your event in socially acceptable hours.
- Check for hedgehogs and other wildlife. If you are having a bonfire make sure you check that there is nothing hiding amongst your leaf and wood pile before you light it.
Keeping these things in mind, everyone can have a fun and safe bonfire night.