This British tradition can be a fun family night but only if certain steps are taken to ensure the safety of you and those around you. While many of these seem like common sense, Merseyside Fire & Rescue alone responded to 17 bonfire-related incidents on 5th November 2017. Here’s just a few tips to ensure that your party doesn’t become another statistic.
An organised bonfire, if done correctly, can be a wonderful experience during the cold night. However, bonfires should be planned carefully and procedures put in place.
- Never burn aerosols, foam-filled furniture, glass, general household waste, rubber, metal, plastic, or treated wood.
- Set your bonfire well away from sheds, trees, bushes, fences, houses, or anything else that may catch fire should the flames spread.
- Where possible, build your bonfire on a non-flammable surface such as concrete.
- Do not use flammable liquids to aid the fire. Add more natural materials such as wood or paper.
- Ensure a large water supply is nearby at all times (e.g. buckets of water or a hosepipe).
Undoubtedly everyone’s favourite part of bonfire night is the fireworks display. Here’s how to enjoy it safely.
- Always read the instructions carefully and only use fireworks as instructed.
- Stand at a distance of at least 5m from lit fireworks.
- If a firework does not set off, do not attempt to relight it. Wait approximately 15 minutes and then immerse it in a bucket of water.
- Light fireworks on a non-flammable surface such as a patio or closed-off road area.
- Do not light fireworks under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
For children (and many adults too), sparklers are a way to get involved without getting too close to the main event. When used correctly, they can be great fun but can have serious consequences if not.
- Never give sparklers to children under 5.
- Hold sparklers at arm’s length at all times.
- Submerge the sparkler in a bucket of water when it reaches the bottom.
From everyone at R Security Alarms, have a fun and safe 5th November!