It is now the time of year where the clocks have been turned back and we have been able to enjoy celebrations such as Halloween, Diwali and Bonfire Night. It is very exciting for our little ones as they get to explore the bright lights. It is great fun, but it can be dangerous too. Teaching your child some bonfire safety rules can help prevent injuries so that everyone can enjoy bonfire night.
At Angels, we teach the children about people who help us and as part of this we look at the emergency services. This week we have been learning about the fire service. The children have taken part in different activities including role play by drawing a fire on the ground with chalk and using spray bottles to pretend to put it out. They were also excited to hear the sirens and the bright lights on the fire engines.
The West Midlands Fire Service have shared this advice - Fireworks often play a big part in celebrations like Bonfire Night, Diwali and New Year. Between 2014 and 2019, our firefighters responded to some 1,760 bonfire and fireworks-related incidents, so we’re asking people in the West Midlands to help avoid a surge this year. During the same period, there were more than 1,000 severe burn injuries involving fireworks in England and Wales, with 38% of these involving under-15s. Users often forget that fireworks are explosives and burn at high temperatures, so they need careful handling and storage.
If you do have your own fireworks display, follow our safety tips and guides below.
Keep pets indoors – animals can get scared by the lights and noise from fireworks
Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
Never throw used fireworks on a bonfire
Take care around bonfires – all clothes, even those labelled ‘low flammability’, can catch fire.
Supervise children with sparklers and never give them to a child under five
Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
Put used sparklers, hot end down, into a bucket of sand or water.
Being aware of some bonfire safety rules can help prevent these injuries so that bonfire night can be enjoyed by all. On our Parent Corner we also have a Child Safety Leaflet where we have lots of safety advice to help you and your child safely enjoy the celebrations.
Have an enjoyable and safe weekend!