Bonfire night can be fun for all the family, but it is important to be extra careful and take the necessary precautions whilst out and about this evening!
First of all, if you have young children, keep them close to you at all times! This should go without saying, but I have heard so many horrific stories about young ones getting hurt on bonfire night, either by a firework, by sparklers or by the bonfire itself. It simply is not worth risking your child’s safety for the sake of avoiding a tantrum… so keep them with you even if they protest against it! You should also teach them the basic rules:
Do not go to a firework that has failed to go off as it may still ignite and it could go off!
Wear gloves when using sparklers, keep them at arms length and away from faces! All children should be supervised by an adult whilst using sparklers.
Go to organised bonfire displays rather than local neighbourhood ones as they are safer, especially when taking children.
Always keep a safe distance from the bonfire and from the fireworks!
Pets… keep pets indoors or on a leash if you are heading out this evening! Your pets may be used to going out off their lead but it is not worth risking their safety! They are family and you wouldn’t want anything to happen to them so keep them safe!
If your pets are scared of the fireworks, try soothing them, cuddles do the trick! If you’re not home with them leave the radio or tv on to try and drown out the sound of the fireworks. You can also buy specialised jackets for them which help to soothe their anxiety or you can wrap an old scarf around them like on the picture below!
Whatever you do tonight, make sure you are sensible and responsible, and of course, have fun!