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Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is a British tradition celebrated on the 5th of November each year with fireworks, bonfires, and festivities. While it’s a night of fun and celebration, it’s also a time when safety and security should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Here are some crucial safety tips to ensure you enjoy the night responsibly and without incident.

Attend Organised Events

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is at an organised event. Local councils or community groups often host these events, and they are managed by professionals. Check your local council’s website for information on events near you.

UK Fire Service Advice 

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Firework Safety

If you are using fireworks at home, it is crucial to follow the Firework Code:

  • The Firework Code: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents offers detailed guidance on how to handle fireworks safely.

  • Only buy fireworks from reputable retailers and ensure they comply with the British Standard (BS 7114).

  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.

  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.

  • Light fireworks at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back

  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit, even if it doesn’t go off.

Bonfire Safety

Bonfires can be a great source of warmth and ambiance but pose significant risks if not managed correctly.

  • Bonfire Safety Guidelines: The NHS provides tips on how to  manage emergencies at bonfires and how to safely to avoid injuries.

  • Build the bonfire away from sheds, fences, and trees.

  • Check for animals hiding inside the bonfire before lighting it.

  • Never use flammable liquids like petrol or paraffin to start a bonfire.

  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies.

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Personal Safety

With large crowds and night-time celebrations, it’s important to consider personal safety.

  • Stay with your group and avoid venturing off alone.
  • Keep your phone charged and with you in case you get separated from your group.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to the event organisers or the police.
  • Think about providing Security and Stewards at your event to mitigate risk

Protecting Your Property

Bonfire Night is a prime time for burglaries when houses are often left empty as families go out to enjoy the fireworks.

  • Neighbourhood Watch Tips: Offers advice on keeping your home secure during festivities.

  • Ensure all doors and windows are locked.

  • Use timer switches on lights to make your home look occupied.

  • Do not post your plans on social media, indicating that your house will be empty.

By following these safety tips and guidelines, you can help ensure that Bonfire Night is a fun and secure experience for everyone involved. Remember to respect your neighbours and the local community during your celebrations, keeping noise to a minimum where possible to avoid causing distress.

Remember, remember, the fifth of November, not only for the spectacle but for the safety and security of all. Have a splendid Bonfire Night!

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