Prepare for Bonfire Night celebrations this weekend by brushing up on these fire safety tips!  Exposed flames and dark nights can lead to dangerous situations, so it is important to keep a safe distance from bonfires and fireworks, and ensure children are supervised at all times.

For small bonfires and fireworks at the home, having a bucket of water and sand nearby is essential.  Fire extinguishers are advisable to have to hand, but fire blankets can also be suitable for small contained fires.

Fire blankets are simple to use so may be more helpful for someone who is inexperienced with fire extinguishers.  Fire blankets are manufactured in flame proof materials and can be used successfully on small fires such as barbeques or small bonfires.  Larger sizes of fire blankets can also be used as a body wrap, ideal for children.

To use a fire blanket on a manageable, contained fire, simply open to its full size and place over the fire to smother the flames.  Once covering the fire, leave for several minutes until all signs of fire have disappeared.

Also remember the general Bonfire Safety rules, such as holding sparklers at arm’s length, be in an open area away from buildings and trees, keep pets indoors, ensure all fires are out at the end of the night and of course make sure that any fireworks are safety standard approved.

As well as water, extinguishers or fire blankets, be sure to have a torch, gloves, and ensure any fireworks are stored and launched safely.

If you would like further information about what fire safety equipment may be required or to order fire extinguishers, please get in touch with our office by calling 01535 66 11 97 or through our contact page.