Saturday 5th November 2016 is that magical night of the year when we go ooooh and aaaaah while staring at the sky. That’s right it’s Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes Night if you prefer.
Whether you’re heading to your local park, which is recommended as the safest option, or setting up your own display, Bonfire Night can be a dangerous evening with lots of things that can go bang, catch fire or just go wrong.
Thankfully there’s plenty of advice out there to keep you and your family safe. So we thought we’d see what the three Welsh Fire Services are sharing this year.
North Wales Fire & Rescue Service, which covers Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and Wrexham, has this excellent section that covers all the bases from bonfires to bangers. Did you know that you shouldn’t give a sparkler to someone under five and that sparklers can get five times hotter than cooking oil? You do now! There’s also a handy poster to help you share some knowledge.
If you’re looking for public displays, then North Wales Fire & Rescue Service have a list of firework shows and bonfires here. The advice is always to go to public displays rather than organising your own. Yet if you do plan to organise your own display, then always buy them from proper shops and not illegally.
South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, which covers Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfaen, and Vale of Glamorgan, also has plenty of good information on their site. They’ve even got an app.
Not only that but one of their fire stations is putting on a display in Whitchurch, Cardiff. They also have a link to Blaenau Gwent Fireworks Display in Ebbw Vale on their website.
Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service, which covers Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Swansea are also pushing the message that the safest way to spend Bonfire Night is at an organised event. Their advice can be found here and have this fireworks video.
So there we have it, tips, tricks and advice from all three Welsh Fire Services to help you and your family have a fun and safe time. There’s also the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s section on fireworks, which includes a link to all sorts of games and videos. Our favourite is the virtual sparkler.
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