Bonfire Night is super exciting for children - they get to go out in the dark, stand around a fire and watch pretty lights exploding in the sky. But - needless to say when you're combining explosives and toddlers - there are a few precautions it's wise to take. Here are a few tips for a fun and safe Bonfire Night!
Always use ear protection for young children. Even older children might appreciate a pair of ear defenders if it's a particularly noisy display - you don't want them put off fireworks for life...
You might not usually use toddler reins for your little one, but there are some occasions when they are invaluable and a firework display - a place that's crowded, dark and has a massive fire in the middle of it - is one of those times!
is perfect for keeping wandering little ones close to you, and its reflective detail gives extra visibility in the dark too.
So you've paid for the whole family to attend a firework display and planned for a fun evening out, but your youngest has decided fireworks are too noisy and scary and they want to go home. As a parent you're no doubt used to your best laid plans going pear-shaped. Be prepared for this scenario by packing snacks and researching a nearby viewpoint from which you could watch the fireworks from afar.
According to the Child Accident Prevention Trust sparklers can reach a temperature of up to 2,000 degrees Celsius - 20 times the boiling point of water. And remember lighting several at once when you were a child? Well three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blowtorch! Only give sparklers to children aged 5yrs and over and make sure they know the safety rules - wear gloves, hold at arm's length, don't run while holding them or wave them near anyone else, and put them out in water.