Remember, remember to stay safe this bonfire night

Have a safe bonfire night

Bonfire night can be one of the most magical nights of the year. A chance to wrap up, spend time with the family, and be wowed by dazzling displays.

However, with so many potential hazards it’s important to take some precautions. So here are a few steps you can take to keep you, your family and your home safe.

1. Leave it to the professionals

We advise residents to attend an organised display rather than risk your safety by hosting your own display in the garden.

You can find your nearest display here.

However, if you do decide to host your own, remember to follow the Firework Safety Code:

  • Only buy fireworks marked CE
  • Keep fireworks in a closed metal box
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Light them at arm’s length using a taper
  • Stand well back
  • Never go back to a lit firework
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby
  • Never throw fireworks
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix and may lead to injury

2. Use sparklers safely

Sparklers are great fun, but they are also one of the leading causes of injuries on bonfire night.

To enjoy sparklers safely, make sure you:

  • Never give them to very young children (under 5)
  • Light them in an open space that’s not too windy
  • Are always wearing gloves
  • Hold the sparkler horizontally, as far away from your face and body as possible
  • Have a bucket of water or sand ready once the sparkler burns out as they are still hot

3. Protect your pets

It’s common knowledge that pets can get very scared and agitated around bonfire night. If your pets are particularly spooked by the loud bangs from fireworks, it’s best to keep them indoors with windows and curtains closed to reduce the sound of the explosions.

4. Watch your wheelie bins

Wheelie bins can become easy targets over the bonfire period. Residents are advised to only put out their bin on the day of collection and bring it back in immediately.

Where possible, lock your wheelie bins away. They should be stored away from windows and doors.

You can find more advice on bonfire night from your local Fire and Rescue Service.