Bonfire Night Fun

 

Remember, Remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot. Bonfire night is one of my favourite nights of the year, I love the chance to get wrapped up in your new Winter woollies, watching the sky light up with the most beautiful fireworks, keeping warm around a bonfire, whilst filling my face with hotdogs and hot chocolate. In general, I am not a fan of the great outdoors once Summer is ended, but for Bonfire Night I will make an exception.

During my childhood it was the norm to have a bonfire and fireworks in your garden, with Catherine Wheels tied to fence posts, bangers that made a lot of noise but did very little else, and everyone, including the nans and grandads and the smallest of children, holding a sparkler. If you are going to enjoy fireworks in your own garden, you need to look for a reputable supplier of safe fireworks from a company like Let’s Party Fireworks, who offer high quality fireworks like fountain fireworks, which are less noisy than regular fireworks, but with all the colour and sparkle, making them great if you have small children.

Health and safety implications, and the importing of so many unsafe fireworks has led to a rise in the popularity of organised firework events. There are so many lovely, organised displays that often tie in the fun of the fair, food stalls and fireworks that are really exceptional in their size and style, that it is now a whole family event to go to a real bonfire display.

I usually attend the bonfire at my son’s school, we’ve been for the last five years and it is always a great, professional display which also raises a lot of money for the school. If you are still looking for an organised display that is local to you, a good online search should help point the way to many displays in your area.

If you are going to a bonfire and fireworks display this year, there are a few handy tips that you can use in order to make your night go with a bang. The first is that you wrap up accordingly. The weather might be pretty mild for November, but once the sun goes down, it can be pretty chilly. Hat and gloves are a must, with leather gloves being a great idea if you are the sort of person who gets ketchup everywhere. Another way to keep warm and snug is to get there early to grab a spot near the bonfire – just head any safety signs and don’t get too close. Bonfires and firework displays are fun for all the family, but they can be very loud, which can be quite frightening for younger children (my boy is almost 9 and is still quite wary of the big bangs). For very young children ear protectors can be a sensible way to enjoy the lights and avoid the bangs.

Whatever you decide to do this November 5th, have lots of fun and, most importantly, stay safe.

A Fireworks Safety Guide

Do you remember when Fireworks were just used on Guy Fawkes night, and for something extremely special, like a Royal Wedding? These days there are Fireworks displays for every special occasion or festival, from New Year’s Eve to Diwali, Last night of the Proms to wedding celebrations.  With Chinese New Year just over two weeks away, (February 8th) this will be the next occasion where the sky is emblazoned with flashes of beautiful colour and light.

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Pryers Solicitors, who deal with personal injury claims, have put together an informative infographic that shows both the beauty, and the risks associated with fireworks. ‘Don’t Monkey Around’ celebrates the arrival of the Year of the Monkey, but also gives a list of tips that can help any firework display pass safely. These include keeping pets inside, keeping a metal bucket to store your fireworks in, and a bucket of water just in case of accidents. It also talks of making sure your fireworks are safe, they need to comply with BS 7114 regulations. There have been many reports of illegal fireworks factories, so you need to buy your supply from reputable stockist.

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With more than half of all fireworks related accidents taking place at home and family parties, fireworks safety is now more relevant and important than ever. If you are planning on any celebrations this year, whether for Chinese New Year or any other occasion, please make sure you that your party goes with ‘safe’ bang.

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