How to spark up your Guy Fawkes night

Guy Fawkes is one of the loud­est and pret­ti­est night of the year.

Matamata Chronicle - - Backyard Banter -

But Novem­ber 5 is also one of the most dan­ger­ous and of­ten among the busiest evenings for fire­fight­ers all over the coun­try.

Guy Fawkes, when it’s done right, can be one of the most en­joy­able times of the year. Whether you’re a fam­ily that likes to light a few Ro­man can­dles and sparklers on your lawn out the back, or if you pre­fer to head to a pub­lic dis­play where every­thing is big­ger, brighter and boomier, here are a few dos and don’ts to help keep Guy Fawkes 2015 safe and sparkly. fire­works. Make sure you set up well away from the house and any low-hang­ing trees if you’re putting on a pri­vate dis­play for your kids.

Keep a cou­ple of buck­ets of wa­ter or a hose nearby, and make sure some­one has a phone handy – just in case.

Ask your coun­cil if you’re al­lowed to be­fore you go let­ting off fire­works at the beach or in a pub­lic park. Many coun­cils limit the use of fire­works in pub­lic spa­ces in the name of safety.

Plan your own neigh­bour­hood fire­works event. Ask your Neigh­bourly com­mu­nity for a suit­able lo­ca­tion to host it, like a big back­yard, an empty lot or a farm, then in­vite your neigh­bours to a fun event for the whole fam­ily. Make sure some­one takes charge and con­trols the evening’s ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the safety pre­cau­tions.

Check the weather fore­cast. A windy night could re­sult in stray sparks and fires.

Be con­sid­er­ate to your neigh­bours, par­tic­u­larly if they’re el­derly or have very young chil­dren. Al­ways su­per­vise chil­dren, even if they’re just hold­ing sparklers, and teach them from a young age to re­spect the power of fire.

Let fire­works off near an­i­mals. Keep your pets in­side, re­strained so they don’t run away, or away from the ac­tion al­to­gether. If you don’t cel­e­brate Guy Fawkes, stay at home so you can look af­ter them.

Stand over fire­works or hold them in your hand while you light them.

At­tend to duds too quickly. If you light a fire­work and it doesn’t ex­plode, leave it well alone. If it’s pos­si­ble, douse it with wa­ter be­fore ap­proach­ing it again.

Point fire­works di­rectly at peo­ple, an­i­mals or per­sonal prop­erty.

Make your own fire­works. Al­ways buy your fire­works from a rep­utable sup­plier.

Light fire­works in­doors or too close to houses, peo­ple or per­sonal prop­erty.

Light fire­works at unso­cia­ble hours of the night. 8:30pm is OK. 1:30am is not.

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