One of the things I love most about this time of year is Bonfire night. I have such fond memories of wrapping up in multiple layers of clothing and going down to our local village bonfire to enjoy the fireworks and a few sparklers. As an adult I still love the sensory experiences that Bonfire Night offers – the bangs and squeals of fireworks, the smell of sparklers and smoke in the air, mugs of hot chocolate to warm you through.
All the nostalgia and romance aside though I must admit that Bonfire Night does also terrify me. I remember seeing awful photos as a child of the horrific injuries caused by children playing with fireworks – they certainly had the desired effect as even now, at 35 and a half, I can’t go near them! I love fireworks and take great pleasure in watching them from afar, however if you asked me to set one off you’d get swift no! For the most part I would far rather attend a large, well organised, public event although a couple of years ago we did have a few fireworks in the back garden as manned by Dave and Neil whilst Mich and I kept the kids at a safe distance.
This month, the ever popular Fireman Sam (who I accidentally just typed as Fireman Safe) has launched a “Special Safety Month” to highlight the importance of fire safety for children. A far cry from the horror stories of life long injuries I was fed as a child, this is a much more accessible way of going about things! Fireman Sam and the residents of Pontypandy share top tips to stay safe at Halloween and through Bonfire Night with a set of animated videos.
Bonfire Do’s and Don’ts
* Make sure the bonfire is situated well away from buildings and trees
* Ensure the bonfire is stable and avoid lighting it with flammable liquids
* Keep a safe distance from the fire, ensuring children are well supervised at all times
* Be prepared for an emergencies with buckets of water, the garden hose or a fire extinguisher close by
* Pour water over the embers before leaving to be sure the fire is fully out
Fireworks Dos and Don’ts
* Fireworks must always be kept in a closed metal box and taken out on at a time
* Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully by torchlight, never using a naked flame
* Always wear gloves when handling sparklers and keep them at arm’s length. Put them in a bucket of cold water when they’re finished
* Sparklers should not be given to under 5s
I hope you have a wonderful, safe, Halloween and Bonfire night.