November, November, the month of bonfires and fireworks

November, November, the month of bonfires and fireworks

November is a glorious month for cozy jumpers, warm bonfires in the garden and spectacular fireworks displays either at home or at an event. We have found some interesting facts and figures about bonfires and fireworks along with some safety tips to ensure you and your family have a fun and safe time throughout November.

Facts and figures

–          Fireworks were accidentally invented back in 7th century China whilst alchemists were looking for an elixir for immortality, instead they found the chemical combination for gunpowder!

–          Bonfire was originally called “Bone-fire” which dates back to Celtic Britain, when the bones of animals, witches and traitors were burned.

–          Blue is the most difficult colour to create within a firework whilst orange is the easiest.

–          Fireworks can travel up to 150mph, now that’s fast!

–          If 3 sparklers were lit together, they will be burning at the same heat of a blowtorch.

–          The first fireworks in England were used at the wedding of King Henry VII in the 1400’s.

–          The Walt Disney Company is said to be the world’s largest consumer of fireworks.

Safety Tips

–          Always light sparklers one at a time and keep them away from yourself and other people.

–          Sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 1800°C, so handle with care and make sure to place them in a bucket of water once they have burnt out.

–          Store fireworks safely and make sure one person is made responsible for the fireworks.

–          Fireworks are incredibly dangerous, so ensure that they are not put into pockets or thrown. Throwing fireworks is not only stupid, but it is also a criminal offence that carries a maximum penalty of £5000.

–          It is important that the people viewing the fireworks, especially children, are at a safe distance away from the fireworks as they are being let off.

–          Retreat to a safe distance once the firework has been lit – and never go back to a lit firework.

–          Ensure that you have the right tools for certain fireworks. E.g, supports for catherine wheels, bucket of earth to launch firework from and proper launchers for rockets.

–          Don’t forget the safety equipment either! This includes a hat, eye protection, gloves, a bucket of water (or two) and a torch for checking the instructions.

–          Use domestic firelighters or newspaper to light a bonfire, NEVER use petrol, paraffin or other flammable liquids.

–          Make sure the bonfire is situated a safe distance from any fences, trees, hedges or buildings.

–          Pets hate loud bangs and flashes, so make sure to keep them in around fireworks night and especially if you are holding a display in the garden.

–          Close curtains to block out the flashes of fireworks and play music or turn on the tv to drown out the noise of fireworks for pets that are inside the house.

From everyone at Fire FM – Please remember to stay safe so that you and everyone else can have a fun time when it comes to firework and bonfire celebrations.