How to stay safe on Bonfire Night: Family-friendly celebration tips, pet care and organised events.

What is Bonfire Night?

Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night in the United Kingdom, is a cherished tradition in many parts of the world. It’s a night filled with awe-inspiring fireworks, crackling bonfires, the smell of hot dogs, and the warmth of family and friends. However, amidst all the excitement, it’s crucial to prioritise safety, be mindful of our pets, and opt for organised events.

Stay safe with fireworks on Bonfire Night

Safety should always come first, especially when dealing with fireworks. Follow these guidelines to ensure a safe fireworks experience:

Purchase legal fireworks: Buy fireworks only from reputable and licensed sellers. Illegal fireworks can be extremely dangerous and unreliable.

Follow instructions: Read and follow the instructions on each firework carefully. Different fireworks have different safety guidelines.

Keep a safe distance: Maintain a safe distance from the fireworks when they are being lit. Adults should supervise children at all times.

Have water and fire extinguishers ready: Keep buckets of water, a hose, or a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergencies.

Never relight malfunctioning fireworks: If a firework fails to ignite, do not attempt to relight it. Wait for 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

people watching a fireworks display on Bonfire Night

 How to keep pets safe on bonfire night

Bonfire Night can be a stressful time for pets due to the loud noises and bright lights. Here’s how you can help your furry friends feel secure:

Create a safe space: Prepare a safe and quiet space inside your home where your pets can retreat. Close windows and curtains to minimise noise and flashes.

Play calming music: Playing soft music or turning on the television can help drown out the sound of fireworks.

Comfort and reassurance: Comfort your pets with gentle pats and soothing words. Reassure them that everything is okay.

Microchipping: Ensure your pets are microchipped and wearing proper identification tags. This will help you locate them if they manage to escape due to fear.

dog sleeping while wrapped up in a blanket

Opt for organised bonfire night events

Attending organised events is a fantastic way to enjoy Bonfire Night safely and responsibly:

Community events: Many communities host organised Bonfire Night events with professional fireworks displays. These events are supervised and offer a secure environment for families.

Public safety: Organised events are managed by professionals who prioritise safety. Public services such as medical aid and security are readily available.

Social experience: Celebrating Bonfire Night at public events allows your family to share the experience with the wider community, enhancing the festive atmosphere.

People watching a public fireworks display on Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night is a time for celebration, but it’s essential to celebrate responsibly. By following safety guidelines, being mindful of our pets, and choosing organised events, we can ensure that this cherished tradition remains joyful and accident-free for everyone. Let’s come together as a community to make this Bonfire Night memorable, safe, and enjoyable for everyone involved.

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