Bonfire night is one of our favourite times of the year; a cosy, winter event that really brings the family together and the beauty of the fireworks is always exciting.
Being an emergency services charity, these events also make us think of safety. Accidents on bonfire night still happen, which is why we are sharing our top tips to ensure you stay safe on the day.
It’s important to bear in mind the serious side of fireworks and how they can be dangerous. Below GWAAC Lead Doctor, Ed Valentine shares some of his experience and advice ahead of fireworks and bonfire night:
- Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix! Don’t handle fireworks when under the influence of alcohol.
- Always keep a safe distance from fireworks – they can be very unpredictable.
- Sparklers get very, very hot – even after they seem to have gone out, so take care when handling them and always supervise young children closely.
- Whenever possible try to stick to professionally organised firework displays, these are usually much safer than amateur events.
- Never use petrol or other flammable liquids on bonfires – these can result in huge flames and cause serious burns.
- Have a plan for how to manage a bonfire that gets out of control – make sure bystanders are kept at a safe distance, keep fires away from buildings and have water available to extinguish fires.
- If you’re around fireworks or bonfires then it’s a good idea to have some basic first aid training in case the worst happens and someone gets burnt.
- Always keep a close eye on children around fireworks and bonfires, they need to be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
Thanks to Ed for his advice! we’re thrilled to have been the chosen charity for Light Up Landsdown at Bath Racecourse this year. Keep safe and enjoy your evening.