A Guide to Bonfire Night

November 2, 2017

Bonfire Night Traditions:

Do you have specific traditions that you do as a family every year?

Food! Traditional yummy food known to be enjoyed on Bonfire Night:

  • Jacket potatoes
  • Pulled pork
  • Warm winter soup
  • Toffee apples
  • Marshmallows/ smores – A bonfire night must!
  • Hot chocolate – To keep you warm whilst watching the firework display.

Bonfire Night Safety

The Firework Code from the RoSPA:

The Royal Society of the Protection of Accidents (RoSPA) have top tips to ensure safety around fireworks:

  1. Plan your firework event, making sure it is safe and enjoyable
  2. Always keep fireworks in a closed box before use
  3. Only use one firework at a time
  4. Read and follow the instructions on each firework
  5. Light all fireworks at arms length with a taper and stand well back at a suitable distance
  6. Make sure naked flames are kept away from fireworks (including cigarettes)
  7. Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  8. Do not put fireworks into pockets
  9. Never throw away fireworks
  10. If using rocket fireworks, make sure they are not directed at spectators
  11. Do not use paraffin or petrol on bonfires
  12. Make sure any fire is put out and the surrounding area is left safe, prior to leaving

RoSPA Sparkler Safety

We all enjoy using sparklers, especially children! However, they can potentially be dangerous so these safety tips from the RoSPA should be followed:

  • Sparklers are not recommended to be used by children under the age of 5
  • When handling a sparkler, gloves should be worn to keep hands protected
  • Sparklers should be held at an arms length away from the body when being lit
  • Sparklers should not be ‘waved’ directly towards individuals
  • Do not hold a baby whilst handling a sparkler
  • When the sparkler has finished, place in a bucket of cold water

Top Tips to Remember on Bonfire Night

Nannies and parents, if you planning on attending a firework event or planning to have your own firework display in your garden with your charges or children, here are a few top tips to remember:

  • Stand at a suitable distance away from the bonfire and fireworks. Usually, the area will be sectioned off and should be avoided. Make sure children are aware that they cannot go near the area.
  • Keep a bucket of water close by in case of any emergencies.
  • Make sure you and your children or charges are warm. With winter time well and truly underway, November is often a very cold time of year. Make sure you are wearing plenty of layers, a thick coat, a pair of gloves, a scarf and a hat or ear muffs.
  • Make sure your children or charges are recognisable in the dark. Children should wear recognisable or fluorescent clothing.
  • Make sure small children are kept in pushchairs or on safety reins to prevent them from running off.
  • Make sure no pets are around the bonfire or fireworks. Pets should be kept in side at all times when fireworks are ongoing.

It is important to remember that not everyone enjoys fireworks and for some, they find bonfire night particularly scary. If your children or charges are scared of the fireworks and don’t want to watch from outside, don’t worry about them missing out. Fireworks can still be enjoyed from inside, watching by the window. To get an even better view, turn your lights off in your house!

This is also certainly true for pets. Make sure you take their needs into consideration by keeping in mind a few simple things:

  • Close all windows inside your home to reduce the sound of bangs and explosions.
  • Close all the curtains to try and block and the light from the fireworks.
  • Try to keep everything as normal as possible. If your pet is hiding or trying to keep themselves distracted, let them.
  • If you have a dog or a pet that needs walking, make sure you do so, prior to the fireworks starting.

To find out more, check out the RoSPA website to get a full understanding of firework safety!

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017

Posted by Charlotte Hudson, PA to the Director | Filed Under Activities for Children, Events for Families