Remember, remember the 5th of November! Bonfire night is such a wonderful, colourful evening, and can be great fun to celebrate. Did you know that until 1959 it was actually illegal not to celebrate bonfire night in the UK?
Whether you choose to celebrate at a community event or in a garden with friends, follow these small steps from Carolyn at Daisy First Aid to keep your family safe this Guy Fawkes.
- Leave plenty of space between the bonfire and any houses, sheds, fences, plants, and you and your guests - 18 metres is recommended - and don’t build the bonfire too high.
- Check the bonfire for animals and pets before you light it.
- Never use petrol or explosive substances to light a fire.
- Have a hosepipe or bucket of water close by in case of emergency.
- Ensure no-one wears loose or flammable clothing.
- Did you know fireworks can travel at speeds of up to 150mph? Only buy fireworks with a BS7114 kitemark on them and which are the appropriate size for your garden, then store them in a closed metal box.
- Use a torch to read the instructions.
- Keep cigarettes, lighters and sparklers away from the packages.
- Don’t go back to fireworks if they have been lit, sometimes they take slightly longer to start than you might expect.
- Consider ear defenders for children if they have sensitive ears.
- Have a bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in and a suitable support or launch area.
- Remember it is illegal to set off fireworks after 11pm.
- Sparklers get 5 times hotter than cooking oil, up to 2000 degrees Celsius, and 3 together are as hot as a blowtorch!
- Sparklers are not suitable for children under 5.
- Ensure that children wear gloves when using sparklers.
- Teach children to hold at arms length, and never run near or wave them near another person.
- Don’t hold a sparkler whilst holding a baby in case they reach out unexpectedly.
- Once the sparkler goes out, put in a bucket of water and tell children not to touch it again.
In case of an accident...
- Treat any burns immediately with cold or tepid running water for a minimum of 20mins.
- Do not touch the burn or remove any clothing that may be stuck to the burn.
- Call either 999 or 111 for help from a medical professional for all burns.
- Cover the burn with loose strips of clingfilm or clean non fluffy, non-adhesive material.
- If a person’s clothing catches fire, get them to stop, drop to the ground, then roll around on the floor to put out the flames.
The Child Accident Prevention Trust reports that around 500 children under 16 are taken to A&E with burns in the 4 weeks surrounding bonfire night, with the most common injuries being to the hands, followed by the eyes and face. Follow Carolyn's simple steps to ensure you enjoy bonfire night safely.
Daisy First Aid offer first aid courses for parents and child carers across the UK. Visit their website to find a course near you. Check out our Instagram page for some bonfire night play and craft ideas which you can do from the warmth of your living room!