So, Bonfire Night is upon us once again. How time flies!
The clues have been all around us for weeks though – the arrival of Halloween, the clocks changing, and of course, the thunderous explosion of fireworks that are probably quite far away but have an uncanny knack of making you believe they are right outside your window!
It is a fun time of year, when the misery of the darker nights arriving earlier alleviated by the joy of seeing our skies lit up by a plethora of colours.
For university students, especially those who only started their studies a matter of months ago, Bonfire Night is a great opportunity to get out there and meet new people, as well as share a popular and traditional social experience with the friends you have already made.
When big bonfires, sparklers and fireworks are involved, there will never be a shortage of lads and lasses interested in attending and taking in all the fun.
However, it is important to remember that safety is the number one priority in such an environment. If you are attending an official, recognised, pre-organised Bonfire Night event, safety measures will obviously already be in place for the fire and fireworks, although you are naturally still fully expected to act in a responsible manner and not put yourself or those around you at risk.
If you are planning to arrange or attend a private Bonfire Night event, it is crucial that you keep in mind several safety measures.
Everyone wants to relax and have fun. And that is totally achievable if the correct steps are taken. There is nothing ‘uncool’ about keeping everyone safe – at the end of the day, there is nothing fun about serious injury or worse.
Stay safe and then the fun times will take care of themselves! Here are some top tips for Bonfire Night:
- Position the fire a considerable distance away from houses, fences, trees, shrubbery, sheds, garages and overhead cables
- Position the fire a considerable distance away from fireworks
- Ensure the stack you have built is sensibly structured and won’t collapse to one side or outwards
- Do not use flammable liquids like petrol or paraffin to light the fire
- Do not burn bottles, paint tins, foam-filled furniture or aerosols
- Position all guests away from the fire
- Ensure children are supervised throughout the event
- Pour water on the embers at the end of the event
- Keep fireworks in a closed metal box, removing them one at a time
- Follow instructions to the letter. If you cannot see the instructions due to the dark light, read them via torch – never by the fire
- Ensure fireworks are purchased from a reliable, reputable retailer
- Ensure fireworks are lit at arm’s length, with a taper.
- Never return to a firework once it has been lit
- Never provide children under the age of five with sparklers
- Never run when you are in possession of a sparkler
- Ensure sparklers are held at arm’s length
- Ensure you are wearing a pair of gloves when in possession of a sparkler
- When the sparkler has gone out, ensure it is placed in a bucket of water