Celebrating bonfire night is a great way to spend time with family and friends, enjoy tasty food and a hot chocolate. We’ve got some top tips to make sure you have a great time:
- Wrap up warm. With the nights drawing in and the days getting colder, don’t let frozen fingertips spoil your evening! Make sure to wrap up from head to toe by doubling up pairs of socks inside your shoes, donning a hat and scarf and slipping on a pair of gloves. Plus, once you’ve got your gloves on you are ready to safely pick up a sparkler and have some fun.
- Keep your pets calm. Loud bangs and lots of noise can stress out animals of all sizes, so they should never be taken to a firework display. Small pets in cages should be brought inside if they are kept outdoors and provided with extra bedding for them to burrow into. Cats and dogs should be kept indoors with windows and doors closed. Try turning on the TV or radio to help block out some of the noise and prepare an extra cosy den for them to curl up in and feel safe.
- Handle with caution. Fireworks should always be handled by those aged over eighteen and used obeying local laws. Always read the instructions for each firework carefully and light outdoors in a clear area away from houses and cars and keep a bucket of water and hose pipe close by. Never relight a firework that doesn’t go off, wait 20 minutes before you approach it and then soak in a bucket of water.
- Tidy away with care. Dispose of any used fireworks by wetting them thoroughly and placing in a metal bin away from any combustible materials until the next day. Always check with your local council on how best to dispose of used fireworks.