On Bonfire night we went to a fantastic display in a nearby village, which was very well organised with plenty of food and drink, bonfire and fireworks (obviously!) and even a live band.
However it is also really nice to have a few fireworks and sparklers in your own garden and nothing beats sitting around your own bonfire in the garden. I would love to make a fire pit in our back garden.
However, safety here is of paramount importance as you don’t always have the same rigorous checks and assessments that take place for public displays.
Last weekend we decided to have our own mini display and thought we would share with you our tips to keep safe when attempting a home bonfire and fireworks party.
Here are a few of our photos from the evening and some must have essentials:
And some more of our bonfire and fireworks tips…
- Have the fireworks display before lighting the bonfire, unless you have plenty of space to keep the two activities completely separate.
- Make sure you buy fireworks from a reputable supplier and ensure they are marked with British Standard Kitemark BS 7114
- Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take out one at a time.
- Read the instructions in daylight or torchlight not a naked flame
- Wear safety goggles for lighting fireworks.
- Light the fireworks at arms length with a taper and stand well back.
- Don’t forget to be considerate of your neighbours – you can also be fined if you allow the smoke from your bonfire to drift across the road and become a hazard to traffic.
- Make sure you don’t use flammable liquids to help start a bonfire.
- Don’t build your bonfire too big and make sure it is away from buildings, sheds, fences, hedges and over hanging branches.
- Check the construction of your bonfire before lighting it and ensure that there are no children or animals in it.
- Never leave a bonfire unattended and ensure it is completely extinguished and the area safe at the end of the evening.
- Keep a hosepipe or bucket of water nearby in case of any disasters!
- Keep pets indoors with the curtains closed and warn your neighbours to do the same.
- Sparklers shouldn’t really be given to children under 5 and great care should be exercised with those older. Have a bucket of sand on hand to dispose of spent sparklers
- Have a first aid kit, fire blanket and fire extinguisher to hand in case of any emergencies.
Inspired by the photography tips I picked up at the Jessops Photography Academy check out the cool sparkler pics!
Are you a fan of Bonfire Night?
Churchill have also put together a great guide to safety when having a bonfire and fireworks display at home.
Disclaimer: we were sent complimentary fireworks and safety kit to enjoy at home and thought we would share our tips for enjoying a safe fireworks night with you!