Remember, remember, the 5th of November!
Bonfire Night is upon us, and for many this is a very exciting time of the year! But amongst all the excitement, it’s important not to forget that fireworks aren’t toys. They are explosives that can cause serious damage if not properly respected.
A few simple safety tips
- Fireworks can travel at lethal speeds of up to 150 mph, the speed of some biplanes! Don’t fire them like weapons – they are aesthetical!
- It’s illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18, so ensure you’re well aware of who is buying them.
- Throwing a firework is seen as an explosive weapon and a criminal offence. You can be fined up to £5,000 for doing so. Would you throw a grenade?
- If three sparklers burn together, they will generate the same amount of heat as a blowtorch used for joining metal – wear gloves and monitor youngsters!
- In a recent year, there were 990 injuries caused by fireworks in October and November- let’s help bring this down!
Bonfire Night Trivia – Impress your mates!
- Bonfire night originates from the famous Gunpowder Plot – November 1605. A man named Guy Fawkes was arrested while guarding explosives that had been placed beneath the Houses of Parliament, in an attempt to overthrow King James I.
- Guy Fawkes went to St. Peters school in York. They celebrate every year with a bonfire and fireworks – But out of respect for their previous pupil, there is never an effigy of Guy Fawkes. (the guy thrown on the fire.)
- Under torture, it took four days after his arrest for Guy Fawkes to admit to his part in the Gunpowder Plot, and give up the names of the other people involved in it.
- Until 1959, it was illegal not to celebrate bonfire night in the UK!
- Bonfire night was originally called ‘Bone Fire’ – perhaps in reference to the body on the fire.
Make sure you’re safe!
Firstly, make sure you’re prepared for any accidents that might occur by investing in a fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit – Better to be safe than sorry!
Lay out the firework on its bottom or its stand, making sure that there aren’t any flammable materials or plants nearby. When you’re ready to light the firework, make sure you warn everyone! Once lit, double check that no one is nearby and walk away from the firework until you’re at a safe distance.
Now it’s time to clean up – be careful! Put the used firework safely into a bucket of cold water. And once the night is over, it will then be safe to put the wet fireworks in the bin!
Whatever you’re planning for Bonfire night, stay safe and have fun!
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Article compiled by: Laura Pay-Savage