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How To Stay Safe On Bonfire Night

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Remember, remember the 5th of November. And don’t forget to stay safe on Bonfire Night.

Also known as Guy Fawkes Night, each year, on November 5th, the skies are lit up with fireworks while bonfires blaze and sparklers dance on the ground below. It’s a beautiful affair that brings families and friends together.

The night’s history goes back to 1605, but it wasn’t until the twentieth century that we began to celebrate it in the way we know today.

Wrapping up warm in hats, scarves, and gloves and enjoying seasonal treats like sticky toffee apples, mulled wine, and hot chocolates all add to the celebration’s experience and enjoyment.

While it is a night that should be full of joy and wonder, people mustn’t forget to do what they can do to stay as safe as possible.

Because as beautiful, fireworks and bonfires can be incredibly dangerous.

Fireworks injure 1000 people each year. In some situations, fireworks can even prove to be fatal. Around half of those are children injured by sparklers or fireworks, and half of all injured required hospital treatment, according to stats from bonfire-night-safety.co.uk.

The most common injuries from fireworks and bonfires are burns and scalds to the head and hands.

121 of the 1000 injuries occurred at public displays, whilst 475 were at private parties. Proving that wherever you’re watching fireworks from, safety is paramount.

To ensure everyone’s safety, responsible adults should take precautionary measures. That’s whether you’re at an organised public event or celebrating in your garden.

From building bonfires to extinguishing sparklers, there are several steps you can take to ensure a safe Bonfire Night.

Safety Precautions On Bonfire Night:

  • Carefully Build Bonfires
  • Don’t Use Petrol
  • Follow The Instructions
  • Stay At Arm’s LengthHave Buckers Of Water Available
  • Keep Back
  • Pour Water On Embers

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All data correct at time of publication.