For some, the approach of Halloween and Bonfire Night is one of the most thrilling times of the year – not so much so for the faint-hearted.
Amongst the excitement, it is important to ensure you remain safe. It may seem obvious to take precautions when putting on a firework display, but it’s always useful to refresh your memory- after all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Here are some tips courtesy of the Mail Online for a safe Bonfire night:
1) Never go back to a lit firework – even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode.
2) Keep a bucket of water nearby.
3) Use a torch to read the instructions on the back of each firework – never a naked flame.
4) Light fireworks at arm’s length using a good quality lighter.
5) Ensure that your fireworks are appropriate for your garden size and are up to British standards. Just like Skyguard is accredited to BS 8484, make sure your fireworks are up to BS 7114 standards.
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) also gives advice on how to remain safe during firework night. According to the LFB, it is an offence for anyone under the age of 18 to possess fireworks in public places and an offence for anyone other than a firework professional, to possess professional display fireworks. It is also illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am. November 5th is an exception to the rule with displays permitted until midnight.
In an addition to the Mail Online’s advice for firework displays, the LFB have written with some extra tips for bonfire safety:
6) Always build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges
7) Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire and never burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam furniture or batteries
8) Don’t leave bonfires unattended. If you must leave, ensure the fire has been dampened down with plenty of water
9) Keep a bucket of water or hosepipe nearby for emergencies