Tonight’s The Night!
Created on Thursday, November 5th, 2015
by Darren Corke
With Halloween over and done, this week marks the start of the firework season. Despite there being numerous organised displays to choose from, many people still choose to hold their own private bonfire party at home.
A few simple precautionary safety measures can help ensure that everyone stays safe and enjoy the celebrations without injury or harm:
- Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on each firework. Read the instructions by torch light and not a naked flame and always buy fireworks from a reputable source
- Light fireworks at arm’s length using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick – Stand back after lighting
- Never go back to a firework once lit, it may go off in your face
- Collect used fireworks with care, douse with water and bury them or place in a metal container
- Keep children away from fireworks and bonfires
- Keep pets indoors
- Take care with sparklers – young children should not handle these
- Never throw fireworks
- Never keep fireworks in your pocket
- Keep a bucket of water handy
If you do light a bonfire, follow these safety tips:
- Site the bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs and well away from your fireworks
- Before lighting, make sure there are no animals hiding inside
- Be careful when building the bonfire, so it does not collapse once lit
- Don’t burn foam filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint, or bottles
- Never use flammable liquids – paraffin or petrol – to light the fire
- Keep everyone, especially children, away from the fire
- In case of emergency, keep buckets of water, a garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready
- When the party is over, pour water on the embers before leaving
We all know that fireworks can be great fun if handled responsibly, however, accidents can and do happen.
Last year the Fire Service saw a 44% increase in the number of emergency calls during the bonfire night celebration period.
An out of control bonfire or a stray firework can soon lead to disaster.
So why not enjoy the festivities, by attending an organised display where you can relax and enjoy the spectacle, safely and without risk.