Remember Remember the 5th of November
Category : Fire Safety Blog
Bonfire night is fast approaching so now is a good time to ensure you take the appropriate steps to have a safe and successful Guy Fawkes celebration.
Firework Safety Advice
Having fireworks at home can be great fun, as long as they are used safely. Figures show more children rather than adults get hurt by fireworks.
Over the past few years over 350 pre-school children, some only a year old, were treated in hospital for fireworks injuries.
Be safe not sorry
Fireworks are safe for home use if you use them properly, although we would always recommend you attend a professional display in your local area.
If you are putting on a home display, you should follow some simple steps to make sure that everyone has a good time without getting hurt.
Keep children safe
We want children to enjoy fireworks but they need to know that they can be dangerous if they are not used properly. Each year, over half of all firework injuries are suffered by children.
The Child Accident Prevention Trust have more guidance on keeping kids safe.
Did you know that sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil? Sparklers are not toys and should never be given to a child under five. Ensure spent sparklers are dropped into a bucket of water to cool them down.
Where to buy
Don’t cut corners just to save a few pounds. Always buy fireworks from a reputable shop to make sure that they conform to British Standards. This means that they should have BS 7114 written on the box.
Sometimes shops open up for a short time before Bonfire Night but these may not be the best places to buy fireworks from. Staff in these shops might not be very knowledgeable about using fireworks safely and their fireworks might not meet British Standards.
Whatever you do, don’t buy fireworks from anywhere you’re not sure about, such as the back of a van, a bloke down the pub, or from any temporary unlicensed market stall.
Setting them off
Only one person should be in charge of fireworks. If that’s you, then make sure you take all the necessary precautions. Read the instructions in daylight and don’t drink any alcohol until they’ve all been discharged. Make your preparations in advance, and in daylight.
On the night make sure you have:
- A torch
- A bucket or two of water
- Eye protection and gloves
- A bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in
- Suitable supports and launchers if you’re setting off catherine wheels or rockets.
Be Bonfire safe
NEVER leave any Bonfire unattended when your display finishes and before you go back inside, douse the fire out to prevent sparks being blown on the wind and causing secondary fires.
The Bonfire Tradition
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
The poem of course refers to Guy Fawkes and his now infamous plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament on November 5th 1605. Fawkes’s aim was to remove King James I from the throne, and restore Britain’s Catholic monarchy.
Had he succeeded Guy Fawkes would have not only killed the entirety of London’s governing body, but also taken much of London and its citizens down with them. However, the plot was discovered by authorities and Guy Fawkes was arrested, tortured, tried and executed. After that Guy Fawkes should have become a forgotten martyr or terrorist of history, however the anniversary is still celebrated to this day.
KEEP SAFE THIS BONFIRE NIGHT!