How to spark up your Guy Fawkes night
Guy Fawkes is one of the loudest and prettiest night of the year.
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.