We all love the magic of bonfire night. Layering up in multiple layers until you can’t move and standing round the bonfire eating marshmallows whilst watching pretty fireworks fly up into the sky.
But this magical scene can soon turn into a nightmare, so it’s important to take extra precautions - especially with kids - to make sure everyone comes home safely.
Here are our top tips on keeping safe:
Stay a good distance away from the bonfire. They get very hot and sparks can fly out. If you’re lighting your own at home, make sure it’s cordoned off so it’s harder for kids to reach.
Wrap up. It can be very cold early November so make sure children have plenty of layers on and they have their gloves and woolly hats on!
Keep a bucket of water near by just in case something does go wrong and you need to put something out quickly.
Never put sprits and petrol over the fire.
Never allow children under the age of 5 to use sparklers on their own.
Children should always be supervised when using sparklers and they should be wearing gloves at all times.
Put a carrot at the end of the sparkler to prevent little hands from getting burnt.
If doing a firework display at home, it’s advised to wear eyewear to protect eyes in case something does go wrong.
When a sparkler is finished put it into a bucket of sand or water straight away as it can still be very hot.
Make sure your children aren’t wearing baggy clothes that could potentially catch fire when handling sparklers.
We hope you have a great bonfire night! If you’re holding your own bonfire party and need some ideas on some tasty food that keeps everyone warm, you can find a list of our favourite bonfire treats here.