It’s Bonfire Night tonight and given that there won’t be any organised bonfires or fireworks displays this year, it’s possible that lots of people will be having their own bonfires at home and also setting off a few fireworks too.
Whilst this might be COVID-19 safe, if you aren’t used to doing these things it can present a whole other list of dangers.
Here are few things to remember.
Bonfire safety tips
If you do choose to light a bonfire this week, remember, remember to…
- Build your bonfire well clear of buildings, sheds, fences and hedges.
- Check the area to make sure there’s no wildlife or pets hiding nearby.
- Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire or burn dangerous items such as aerosols or batteries.
- Always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of an emergency.
- Fully extinguish all flames and embers when you’re finished. An adult should supervise the bonfire until it has burnt out, making sure to damp it down with plenty of water.
Fireworks at home
On average, 127 fires in homes and buildings in the UK are started by fireworks every year. If you’re planning your own firework display, make sure to:
- Only purchase fireworks that bear a CE mark from licensed retailers.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box and only use them one at a time.
- Light your fireworks at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back.
- Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
If that’s not your thing, why not make a few edible fireworks? You just need marshmallows, chocolate to melt, a few coloured sprinkles and some wooden skewers.