5th of November is Guy Fawkes day, and many people in UK use this day as an opportunity to spend time with family and friends to mark the failed attempt of Guy Fawkes to blow up king and parliament of United Kingdom. Although this is a day to have fun, and enjoy bonfires and fireworks, it is also important to remember that fire and fireworks can cause serious damage and injuries. Whatever you are doing this bonfire night, think safety first.
Attending bonfire events:
Many people will attend bigger events in their community to mark Guy Fawkes Night, and it is probably the safest option as well. On top of that there tends to be food stalls and fun fairs there as well. The best way to stay safe at an official event is to follow the instructions from the officials. Also, if you are bringing kids along, make sure to keep an eye on them at all times, especially around the fire and if they are using sparklers. In a recent year, 550 children were injured by sparklers or fireworks in the 4 weeks surrounding bonfire night. Did you know that if three sparkles burn together, the heat is the same as a blowtorch used for joining metal?
Kids and Sparklers:
Sparklers can be a lot of fun, especially for kids, however they are also dangerous.
They should never be used by children under the age of 5, and those over the age of 5 should be supervised at all times when handling sparklers. This is because sparklers can become incredibly hot. If you are using them it’s a good idea to make sure you have a glass of cool water on hand in which you can place sparklers before being disposed of.
Remember to light sparklers one at a time as putting them together may result in a flare-up, which could burn your arms and face!
Finally, make sure that sparklers are not used by anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or used indoors as this can pose a safety risk.
If you are making your own bonfire for the day, there are a few things to think about. First of all is to decide whether or not to do one, as having a big bonfire comes with huge responsibility. Public displays usually have professionals doing it, and will have liaised with the emergency services making it a safer and hassle-free option. If you do decide to do one, make sure you build it far away from buildings and vegetation. Do not use any materials that it not suitable for burning, try sticking to old pallets, garden waste and wood. Before you light it, check the bonfire and the area around for children and animals. While it is burning, keep a close eye on it and make sure people keep a safe distance from the fire. After it is done, put the fire out completely and remove any rubbish from the area.
If you are handling fireworks, make sure you do so safely. Always wear safety glasses and follow the instructions. Fireworks done wrong can cause serious harm, and almost a 1000 people get treated for firework related injuries every year in the UK. Fireworks should always be used by a responsible adult and in a big open area. Before you light them you need to make everyone around you aware, and make sure no one else is around the area of the firework. After it is lit, quickly walk away from it and wait until it has gone off. If it doesn’t shoot off, be very cautious and wait a good while before checking on. After you are done remember to tidy up the rubbish. Carry some hand cleansing wipes with you for a quick clean up after.
Fireworks are amazing and fun to look at, so make sure you are cautious to avoid turning it into a disaster. The most important thing is to enjoy the night with your family and friends, but make sure you do it safely!
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