Bonfire night is a great opportunity for friends and family to come together to enjoy an impressive firework display and devour some warming comfort food.
But if you're celebrating Guy Fawkes for the first time with little ones*, or perhaps a pet, there are a few rules to bear in mind to ensure the safety of your loved ones. Here are some tips from the Royal Society For The Prevention Of Accidents and the RSPCA to keep your night safe.
safety around Fireworks
1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
4. Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
7. Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
be safe with sparklers
1. These are often viewed as harmless but they do burn at fierce temperatures and can easily cause injuries.
2. Never give sparklers to very young children.
3. Make sure everyone handling sparklers wears gloves.
4. Hold sparklers at arm's length while being lit.
5. Don’t wave sparklers about close to other people.
6. Never hold a baby in your arms while you are holding a sparkler.
7. When the sparkler has finished put it in a bucket of cold water.
keep pets happy around fireworks
Many pets, such as cats and dogs, can find fireworks scary. In fact, according to the RSPCA, it's estimated that 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. To ensure your pet's not alarmed this Bonfire Night, here are a few tips you could try.
1. Walk your dog during daylight hours to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off.
2. Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks.
3. Put on some music or the TV to drown out the noise.
4. Create some hiding places around your home.
5. For small animals like hamsters, partly cover outside cages and pens with blankets so an area is soundproofed and hidden.
6. Provide bedding small animals can burrow in.
7. For any smaller animals kept outdoors, like a rabbit, consider bringing them inside.
*Never leave a child unattended near fireworks, lit or unlit.