Factors to consider for a safe Bonfire Evening!

Many of us will be getting together attending an organised bonfire event this evening and also over the weekend. We hope that you have lots of fun and it can be safe if we follow a few basic rules such as;

Attend an organised event

This is probably the safest of all. These events will have been planned and have the correct safety management and first aiders at hand should something go wrong. It is by far the safest way to enjoy yourself.


Use sparklers outdoors and only light one sparkler at a time. Sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil and should never be given to a child under five. Children should be supervised at all times, have enough space around them so that the sparkler cannot make contact with others burning them or setting fire to someone’s clothing and ensure that you have a bucket of water to put the sparklers into once they have gone out.

You could also consider placing sparklers in carrots first which has the effect of giving the sparklers a much better handle that’s easier to grip. It also keeps the hot part further away from childrens’ hands.


Fireworks are fun, but they can also be dangerous. There’s nothing like a fireworks display on Bonfire Night to get the adrenaline pumping and the heart racing. But if you’re not careful, it could end in disaster. Here is what you need to know before buying fireworks for your own celebration this November 5th.

Buy fireworks from a reputable shop. Ensure your fireworks conform with BS 7114 standards and always read the instructions carefully before lighting up! The instructions will provide key information such as how far to keep people back from the firework and also don’t be tempted to go back to the firework if the fuse has gone out as it may still go off unexpectedly.

Bonfire safety

Think twice about having a bonfire.

Lighting a bonfire in a garden presents significant risks to residents if they get out of hand. Not only this, but the smoke can also aggravate neighbours with respiratory problems.

If you do decide to have a bonfire, please follow our top five tips:

Build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges. The heat may radiate and also set these alight

Do not use flammable liquids such as parafin, meths or petrol to start a bonfire, and never burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint tins,  or batteries as they may explode and shoot out of the fire potentially hitting someone

Don’t leave bonfires unattended. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water

Always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of an unintended fire happening

Check the weather and avoid lighting bonfires in high winds



Sadly many people will suffer from burns this year as in previous years, some of those may be life changing for the individual.

If you do suffer a burn then act promptly and safely applying first aid.

The skin has 3 layers – the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous fat so burns have 3 different depths into the skin these being;

  • Superficial – burns only to the outer layer of the epidermis is effected, often red, tender, sore and swollen
  • Partial Thickness – both the epidermis and dermis have been burnt, looks raw and blisters form
  • Full thickness – The layers of the skin have burned away down to the subcutaneous fat layer and possibly beyond. The burn can look charred, waxy and pale. Nerve endings could also be burned away, so pain in this area may be absent misleading both you and the casualty

First Aid Treatment for non chemical burns includes;

  • Use cold running water on the affected area for a minimum of 20 minutes. This can also be beneficial even 3 hours after the burn has taken place.
  • Remove jewellery, clothing but only if it is not stuck to the burn
  • Cover the burn with a burns dressing, low adherent dressing or food grade cling film
  • If the burn is severe or the individual is having breathing difficulties from burns to the airways then call 999 or 112.
  • Burns to the face, hands, feet, genitals and burns that go fully around a limb should be assessed at hospital. Full thickness burns should be assessed at hospital and always seek medical advice if you are unsure.

Ultimately we hope you have an enjoyable, safe and fun bonfire night.


Essential 6 provide a wide range of first aid training courses in Devon and across the UK at our sites or we can attend your premises. Give us a call to discuss your requirements on 0845 272 3558 or send us an email [email protected]

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