Bonfire night is the annual celebration of 5th of November to commemorate the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. This is usually celebrated with bonfires, a firework display and the slightly smaller sparklers.
As fun as this celebration is, it can be quite dangerous, in fact, over 40,000 house fires occur around this time of year. Approximately £100 million is spend in the UK on fireworks per year. Each firework can generate around 5,400 degrees (F) heat which means that if on average, each firework cost £14, then fireworks produce 894,444 kwh electric – enough to power up 190 houses for a year!
Because of this we have compiled a quick safety guide to ensure you keep safe during this time.
The most visual and exciting thing about bonfire night. Fireworks. It is important that you keep children away from fireworks as they should only be handled by an adult. All fireworks (and bonfires!) should be lit at least 18m away from any trees, houses, fences, hedges or bushes. Always keep a bucket of water or sand close, just in the case of emergencies and remember to always put out the embers of anything left over at the end of the night. Always read instructions on the fireworks and NEVER go back to a firework that you have already lit.
- Electrical sockets
It is important that you never overload your plugs, especially when you are using products that may use a lot of electricity. Try and get into the habit of switching off plug sockets before you go to bed or when you are not using them.
- Electric heaters
It is important to ensure that all electric heaters are kept away from clothes or furniture. You should make sure you keep them switched off whenever you are not in the house.
We know how much people love candles and making their pumpkin come to life. However, these novelty lights are a major cause of fires around the home, so you must ENSURE that you blow out candles when you leave the room and never leave them unattended with children or pets just in case they knock them over by mistake. TIP: Why not try string lights as a safer option.
- Tumble Driers
Now that Halloween is over, and everyone’s costumes have to be washed and dried ready for another time, the winter coats and warm clothes are being washed regularly and drying options are thin on the ground. Tumble driers are often more active in the winter months than they are in the summer. With the increase of use, it’s important that we remember to clean them out more often, this means emptying out the lint trays to make sure the driers don’t overheat and set on fire.