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Bonfire Night Safety Tips

Olivia Jones

Olivia Jones

Content Writer

child at bonfire night

Bonfire Night is always an exciting event for children, but how do you remember remember to stay safe through all the celebrations? Here’s some top tips to make sure it’s just the fireworks that go off with a bang.  

 As bonfire season gets underway and the fireworks display begins, it’s important to remember to stay safe on the night. According to RoSPA  (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), around 1,000 people in the UK visit A&E for treatment from firework-related injury in the four weeks around Bonfire Night, with half of those injuries occurring in under 18’s so here’s what you can do in the weeks surrounding bonfire night.


With more and more public firework display being cancelled this year due to COVID19 restrictions, many people are hosting their own. If you are celebrating at homeyou should consider the health and safety risks of fireworks to keep you and your family safe.  

Children should be kept well away from fireworks and enjoy them indoors or at a safe distance. RoSPA also recommends that you should keep a torch, a bucket of water, eye protection, and gloves handy as well as storing fireworks in a closed bucket of soft earth to reduce the risk of accidents.  

Firework Safety Tips:

  • Light the firework at arm’s length 
  • Never return to a firework once it’s been lit
  • Only one person should be in charge of setting off fireworks
  • Make sure all flames are extinguished and throw discarded fireworks away at the end of the event 
  • Children should wear ear defenders to protect their ears from loud noises
  • Read the instructions on each firework
  • Read the firework code to enjoy your firework celebrations safely  

It’s worth noting most local councils and fire and rescue services, like the London Fire Brigade, strongly advise against setting off fireworks in private gardens. This is because there are even higher health and safety risk to people nearby. If you’re giving fireworks a miss this year, why not try some indoor bonfire night activities a go with your child instead?  

The firework code is a set of bonfire safety guidelines that will allow you to enjoy your firework display in the safest way possible. It might be worth giving it a read before enjoying your firework celebrations for some extra tips.



Sparklers are a staple at any bonfire night and provide sparkly memorable magic for both children and adults. But sparklers remain one of the most dangerous fireworks with their temperatures reaching 20 times hotter than boiling water!  

The good news is, you can still enjoy sparklers safely, just remember, it isn’t recommended that they are used by children under 5 years old.  

Sparkler Safety Tips:

  • Never hold more than one sparkler at a time
  • Always wear gloves when holding a sparkler
  • Babies and toddlers can wriggle and reach out unexpectedly so avoid holding them when holding a sparkler
  • Put the sparkler in a bucket of cold water once it’s finished
  • Always light one sparkler at a time  
hand holding a sparkler

“Historically, around 1,000 people visit A&E for treatment of a firework-related injury in the four weeks around Bonfire Night… Burn injuries can be life-changing, not just for the injured but also their families, as they can leave just as damaging mental scars as they can physical. It’s even more devastating because these injuries can be avoided, through proper firework and bonfire conduct. We want people to understand the dangers, and follow simple safety steps to ensure everyone has an enjoyable, injury-free celebration.”


We recommend talking to your child about staying safe on bonfire night and the dangers of bonfires so that children can better understand why it’s important to stay safe. If you’re having a bonfire this year, make sure you choose a clear, safe place away from fences, sheds, bushes, trees, and roads. Keep well away from where fireworks are being lit and always make sure children and pets away from the bonfire. 

Don’t forget to read up on the UK law on garden bonfires before lighting up.

Bonfire Safety Tips:

  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies
  • Never leave a bonfire unattended
  • Don’t throw any fireworks onto the fire
  • Tie back long hair and avoid wearing loose clothing
  • Spray the embers with water once the fire has died down to prevent it from reigniting 
  • Keep pets indoors
child at bonfire night

As part of our ongoing dedication to health and safety, Fennies are proud members of RoSPA. This provides us with useful resources, training, and updates to ensure we are working to high standards of health and safety for children, staff, and parents both at nursery and home. 

For more information about bonfire night safety, visit BBC and WikiHow.

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