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Staying Safe On Bonfire Night

With many people choosing to hold their own private firework displays, Bonfire Night can be a busy period for the emergency services. Fire safety is a serious matter and ensuring that members of the public take the relevant precautions during this time is made a priority.

Whilst fireworks can be a lot of fun, things can go wrong, so make sure you remember the 5th of November for all the right reasons and follow these Bonfire Night safety tips.


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Bonfire safety

If you’re holding your own Bonfire Night and you plan on lighting a fire, it is essential that you choose somewhere which is set well away from buildings (including houses, garages and sheds) as well as fences, cables, trees and any fireworks. However, your evening will be instantly safer if you choose not to have a bonfire, so consider managing without one.

Follow the firework code

  • Keep pets indoors
  • Don’t give sparklers to children under 5
  • Only purchase fireworks that are marked with BS 7114
  • Store fireworks in a closed box
  • Follow each individual firework’s instructions
  • Supervise children at all times
  • Don’t drink alcohol if you are dealing with fireworks
  • To light, use a taper and stand well back
  • Stay away from lit fireworks
  • Don’t throw fireworks or put them in your pocket
  • Sparklers should be lit one at a time and whilst wearing gloves

Booze and bonfires

According to a survey, at 90% of Bonfire Nights held in back gardens, people will be drinking alcohol, with 84% of people involved with setting off fireworks admitting to drinking 2-3 units. Not only does this result in an increased risk of personal injury, but it also renders them less capable of looking after any children present. If alcohol is going to be present at your event, make sure those who are drinking aren’t setting off fireworks or tending to a bonfire, and are kept well away from both. It is also recommended that the amount of alcohol you make available at your party is kept to a minimum.

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If you feel that you may have cause to make any type of accident or injury claim for compensation, (including claiming compensation for burns injuries) then you should contact our team of experienced personal injury solicitors without delay, as time limits do apply in most cases. Either call us on the number above or use our quick and simple online injury claim form so that one of our team can come back to you to discuss your situation in confidence and advise accordingly.

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