Most everyone enjoys Guy Fawkes night for the bonfires, barbeques and fireworks. But please remember to take these few simple precautions so that your enjoyment is not marred by any unforseen accident:-
These simple precautions may seem obvious to many, but it is always advisable to take all possible measures to prevent a dangerous situation.
1. Keep children supervised and at a safe distance away. Children should be under adult supervision at all times and this means keeping them at a safe distance away from where the fireworks are being displayed. For small children and where possible, the safest place is to watch indoors through a window.
2. NEVER leave fireworks and matches unattended. Be certain to keep matches on your person and in a deep pocket to avoid them being lost and then found by children. NEVER leave matches and fireworks together where children can get to them. Take the matches with you to avoid temptation.
3. Fireworks should be lit by responsible adults. Children should never be allowed to light fireworks themselves. Things can too easily go wrong and children with matches or firelighters is never a good idea at any time. Even sparklers should be lit and supervised by adults to minimise danger.
4. Light fireworks in a clear space. Always light each firework away from the rest of the fireworks so that stray sparks do not ignite the entire supply.
5. Point fireworks towards the sky. All fireworks should be pointed upwards before lighting them and under no circumstances should they be pointed at people, even in jest. Accidents too easily happen.
6. Keep water and-or sand nearby. Whether it is a bucket of water or sand or the garden hose, it is essential to have something to hand and within reach to extinguish any fire in case of emergency.
7. Be ready to give basic first aid. Even with the best intentions, things go wrong so make sure you have a First Aid Kit nearby to administer any necessary first aid). Also, please be sure that you know how to administer any necessary medical aid before a trip to the hospital is necessary!
8. Keep pets inside. Not only do children need to be protected on Guy Fawkes Night, but your pets do as well. The unexpected noise can make a pet extremely nervous and scared and it is best to keep them indoors with the doors securely shut or even let Granny keep them company for the night.
So, I will now get off my soap box and just say to HAVE A FANTASTIC NIGHT and STAY SAFE !