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There is no doubt about it, it is a very exciting week for children and adults too, the Halloween costumes and decorations been just been packed away, and now we are looking forward to Bonfire night this Thursday. Bonfire nights are great fun with a lovely roaring fire to keep you warm, spectacular fireworks and delicious treats to eat such as Parkin, treacle toffee and toffee apples, unfortunately not everyone enjoys Bonfire Night, spare a thought for our wildlife and of course our pets.

Hedgehogs are having a tough time, and their numbers are declining which is a huge concern, at this time of year they will be looking for a cosy place to hibernate and may have chosen the pile of twigs and wood that you have been gathering for your bonfire for their winter retreat, on the afternoon of your planned bonfire night have a good look through your bonfire and if necessary dismantle it to check for sleeping hedgehogs, you may also find frogs, toads, newts, grass snakes, mice and voles that need re-locating to a safe part of your garden.

Cats and dogs should be kept indoors, consider also bringing in rabbits and guinea pigs that are normally kept in cages outside, keep the curtains and windows closed and leave on the television/radio and the lights to disguise the loud bangs and flashes, in rural areas you may want to bring horses and donkeys in to their stables.

If you are planning a display with loud bangs, let your neighbours know especially those with pets, the elderly and families with young children, fireworks are fun but not everyone enjoys them.

Firework safety is very important, follow these rules to stay safe:

  • Only buy fireworks that comply with British Standard 7114 or its European equivalent.
  • Keep fireworks away from children and in a closed box.
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework and check that they are suitable for home use.
  • Make sure that everyone is stood at a safe distance.
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length using a taper and stand well back.
  • Direct rockets away from spectators and nearby buildings/trees.
  • Never go near a firework that has been lit, if it hasn’t gone off it still may explode.
  • Never throw fireworks or put them in your pocket.
  • Always supervise children around fireworks and bonfires, make sure you know where they are at all times.

Sparklers can be beautiful but they are not toys, did you know that sparklers can reach temperatures 15 times hotter than boiling water?

  • Always supervise children with sparklers.
  • Don’t give sparklers to children under five years old.
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
  • Teach children to hold them at arm’s length and not near anyone else.
  • Have a bucket of water handy to put the sparklers in as soon as they have gone out.

Before you begin constructing your bonfire here are some guidelines to ensure that everyone is safe and everything goes to plan.

  • Build your bonfire in the open away from sheds, fences, trees and overhead power lines and cables and not near a road as drifting smoke may cause a traffic hazard, burning damp materials will create a lot of smoke.
  • Don’t build it too large, you can add more twigs/wood later, make sure that it is stable so that it won’t collapse outwards or to one side.
  • Don’t use petrol or paraffin to start the fire, these accelerate the flames and may cause the fire to burn out of control.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a hose pipe handy just in case.
  • Don’t leave the fire unattended, at the end of the night once the fire has died down pour water over the embers to stop them re-igniting.

Here are some ideas for quick, no cook children’s treats for that last minute Bonfire Night celebration.

Edible Sparklers

Dip Chocolate fingers quickly into warm water and then into hundreds and thousands to make your very own edible sparklers.

Children’s Punch

Take some warm apple juice, add small slices of oranges and sprinkle in cinnamon for a warming drink.

Popping Chocolate Apples

Melt some milk chocolate in a bowl in the microwave, insert lolly sticks into small eating apples next to the stalk, then dip and spin your apples in the melted chocolate, sprinkle with popping candy and place on greaseproof paper in the fridge to set.

Have a very safe and fun Bonfire Night

Gill

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