Bonfire Night Beware

Ian Brough

Bonfire night is fast approaching us and every year they’re accidents up and down the country with 50% of accidents happening at private events and to children under the age of 16. So we have devised a couple of interesting posts on how to make sure you and your family stay safe on Guy Fawkes night.

Stay Safe and have fun on bonfire night.

  • 1,000 people in the UK visit A&E each year due to bonfire night accidents.
  • 50% of accidents happen to children under 16
  • 50% of accidents happen at private events
  • Fireworks travel at 150mph

Know where your first aid kit is and keep it properly stocked and in date. When treating burns remember:

  • Remove any clothing but not anything stuck to the burned skin
  • Cool the burn with lukewarm water
  • Cover the burn with clingfilm
  • Treat the patient with paracetamol of ibuprofen (check for allergies or medicals conditions first)

Ensure your building has current fire safety signage that clearly marks all exit points and location of firefighting equipment.

  • Exits should be illuminated
  • Arrows should be positioned at junction to highlight the nearest exits
  • Fire hoses and extinguishers should be placed at strategic points
  • First aid kits and fire blankets should be available on all floors

Check that all fire extinguishers have been tested and are in date. Also identify the most appropriate fire extinguishers for a non-electrical fire.

  • Extinguishers should contain a stocker showing their last test date
  • Pins should be secure in each extinguisher
  • Check the pressure gage on each extinguisher to identify if the device has been used/spent

Keep all fire exits clear both in and outside. Don’t forget to tell people where your assembly point is.

  • Clean flooring and signage
  • Check exits and unlocked and secure
  • Check lighting on exit signs
  • Remove obstacles from stairwells
  • Check for parked vehicles outside and other obstacles throughout the night

Let the local fire station know you are organised an event and ask for advice and safety tip from professionals

  • Check your building alarm system
  • Perform a fire drill before Bonfire Night to iron out and procedural issues.
  • Test smoke alarm and check their batteries
  • Assign people to be fire Marshalls and instruct them on your fire safety protocols.

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