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Keeping safe on Bonfire Night

As Bonfire night is just around the corner we’re here to share with you some tips and reminders to ensure you enjoy the fireworks, whilst staying safe!

There are lots of Bonfire events being held around Northamptonshire (find our list below!) for you and your family to enjoy – and as well as being organised by professionals, these are usually the safest way to enjoy firework displays.

Buy responsibly

We know, however, that some of you may buy your own fireworks. These should only be bought from a licensed retailer with a CE mark – never buy from unknown retailers online.

Remember, it is illegal to buy fireworks if you are under 18!

Store fireworks safely

Keep fireworks in a closed box, out of reach of children, animals and any sources of heat or ignition (including cigarettes).

Be considerate

Let your neighbours know that you’re planning on letting fireworks off.

Make sure to check your surroundings before setting off fireworks, as wildlife like to hide in leaves.

Read all the instructions

Read and follow the instructions on each firework, using a torch if necessary.

Be prepared

Make sure to have a bucket of water at hand for emergencies.

Keep pets indoors

To avoid any accidents, keep pets inside.

For more information on keeping your pets safe during fireworks: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general/fireworks

Supervise children

Always keep children a safe distance from fireworks.

Sparklers should be kept away from children under five and older children should wear gloves and be closely supervised.

Be safe

Always light fireworks at an arm’s length and never go back to a firework that has been lit – even if it hasn’t gone off.

Never carry fireworks in your pockets.

Remember: if any part of your clothing catches on fire, STOP, DROP and ROLL

Dispose of fireworks safely

Ensure the fireworks are out, soak them in water, then put them in a rubbish bag and in the bin.

 

Looking for a Bonfire event?  Here’s what’s on in Northamptonshire:

Desborough Bonfire Night 2021 – Desborough Football Club
Sunday 31st October / Gates open from 6pm, Fireworks at 7pm

Fireworks Night – Mears Ashby Cricket Club
Thursday 4th November / Fireworks 6.30pm

Fireworks Frenzy Drive-In 2021 – Santa Pod Raceway
Friday 5th November / Gates open 5.30pm, Fireworks 7.30pm

Wellingborough Rugby Club Fireworks – Wellingborough RFC
Friday 5th November / Gates open at 6pm

Guy Fawkes Family Fun Day / The George of Wilby
Friday 5th November / From 7pm

Thrapston Fireworks – Thrapston Sports Association, Thrapston, Kettering
Friday 5th November / From 7pm

Wicksteed Park Fireworks Display – Wicksteed Park
Saturday 6th November / Gates open from 5pm, Fireworks 7.30pm

 

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