Remember, Remember to stay safe in November: Your Bonfire Checklist

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Remember, remember the 5th of November, gun powder, treason and plot. Surely, we’re not the only ones who remember the chant from primary school!

Bonfire night is a great night to gather with friends around the bonfire and watch the Guy burn.

 

Draw your name in sparklers and watch the amazingly colourful displays that light the sky up. Who knew a plot dating back to 1605 would lead to centuries of commemoration?

As fun as bonfire night is – for adults and children alike – there are safety measures that should be taken into consideration prior to the events. Whether you’re hosting the event yourself or simply travelling to your local park for a night of festivities safety is paramount for everyone.

To Host or not to Host

Have you made your mind up whether you’re opening your doors up to the neighbours – or rather the street – and hosting a bonfire bash yourself or will you be dusting the cobwebs off your old wellington boots and braving your local park’s display? Regardless of your choice, some factors need to be considered before you attend or open your doors.

If you’re opening your doors, have you considered where you’re going to store the fireworks prior to the self-created display? Fireworks are easy to trigger, so we highly recommend you keep them in a dry place and away from anything heat related in the home. They should be kept out of reach of children to avoid any accidents that may occur.

Everyone knows that having bonfire night in November can only mean one thing...It’s going to be cold! Whether you’re going to be stood outside in the garden or in the park at your local display, you need to be ready to brave the cold weather. Winter is coming, so you, your friends and family need to be prepared.

Ensuring the fireworks you buy if you are hosting your own event are appropriate for the garden size you have and conform to British Standards (BS 7114; 1988).

If opening your doors isn’t your thing but you want to head off to the local display, then you need to plan your travel to the venue. It’s going to be busy, so maybe leave a few minutes earlier than you would usually. Roads may also be closed to accommodate the event so be prepared to take diversions and maybe pack a SatNav if you’re new to the area. Being over-prepared for events like this is no bad thing.

Safety

Preparing prior to the event you’re attending, is always a must, but what about preparing for when you’re actually there? We feel that’s also a must too!

Were you aware that the speed of a firework can go over 100mph! Eight inch shell fireworks can travel at speeds around 160mph! This is the above the 156mph threshold of Category 5 hurricanes!

When you’re lighting a firework, as soon as it is lit, it is imperative you move a sensible distance away so when it takes off for the sky, it is in no direct contact or on course to hit anyone in the area.

When at home, make sure you set boundaries around where the fireworks are being lit so the spectators are at a safe distance away from the action. Having designated firework lighters who have experience and are confident lighting the fireworks is also a good idea.

If you’re at a hosted event, then always stick to the path that has been set out for you. Wandering off into the fields where the display fireworks are being lit can be highly dangerous and may land you in hospital with serious wounds. In this situation, if you’re out and about we recommend you stick together, being in a group is better than being on your own, wondering aimlessly.

Colourful Disposal

After all the fun and the aerial displays, you have to properly dispose of the fireworks that are left behind after being used. There is a certain way you should dispose of the remnants for specific safety reasons.

After use, fireworks must be soaked in a bucket of cold water and be sure to remove any wicks prior to soaking. The soaking will render the unused gunpowder inside the firework as useless, taking away any chance of them relighting or causing an accident. Weigh down the lighter sides of the fireworks to ensure that they are all soaked thoroughly and leave them for a minimum of 24 hours.

Only after soaking for the recommended time can the fireworks be then disposed of as regular waste.

The Big Bang

The main thing to remember, remember on the 5th of November is to HAVE FUN! Bonfire night is a time where you can get together and have fun with friends and family.

If you should happen to spot a defibrillator at your organised event, be sure to send it along to our twitter page @defibshop to gain a spot in our #defibworld80 wall of fame!

 

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