Remember, remember the 5th of November… And how to stay safe to ensure everyone has a fun bonfire night!

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot. We see no reason why gunpowder treason, should ever be forgot!

As 2015’s bonfire night draws near it’s important to remember the safety guidelines behind fireworks and fires to have a safe and fun evening for all the family. Fireworks should always be enjoyed from a safe distance, strictly to be dealt with by adults lighting the fires and fireworks, always ensuring the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.

Always buy fireworks from a reputable shop, this ensures that they conform to British standards. To check this, they should have BS 7114 written on the box. It is advised that you don’t purchase fireworks from pop up shops that appear shortly before Bonfire Night as it has been known that the staff aren’t understand about the safety and the fireworks they sell, these fireworks may also not meet British Standards.

It’s important for one person to be in charge of the fireworks if they are set off at home, always take the necessary precautions and read the instructions during daytime. Make any preparations in advance, during the daytime this may mean making sure you have a bucket of water, eye protection, gloves, a torch, a bucket of soft earth for the fireworks and suitable supports and launchers for the different types of fireworks you are setting off. Always make sure any pets are kept indoors as it gets dark and perhaps consider a plug-in diffuser to calm anxious pets.

10 rules to help you have a safe and fun Bonfire Night:

  •  Plan your fireworks evening to make it safe and fun for everyone.
  •  Keep fireworks secure in a closed box and only use them one at a time.
  •  Follow the instructions on each individual firework using a torch if necessary.
  •  Light all fireworks at an arm’s length with a taper and stand well back.
  •  Never return to firework once it has been lit.
  •  Don’t put fireworks in any pockets and never throw them.
  •  Keep naked flames, including cigarettes and lighters, away from fireworks.
  •  Direct fireworks well away from spectators and buildings.
  •  Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
  •  Make sure the fire is out and surrounding are made safe before leaving the site.

From everyone here at Fire FM we hope you all have a safe and fun Bonfire Night.