Staying safe this Bonfire night

2 November 2020

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From Thursday 5 November, we will move into a national lockdown with new restriction rules we need to follow.

This Bonfire Night, please remember:

  • You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.
  • You must not socialise outdoors in private gardens with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble.
  • You should only be meeting in public outdoor spaces with the people you live with, your support bubble or 1 person from another household
  • Stay at home, and do not travel unless necessary (food, work, education, medical or exercise reasons)
  • Remember: Wash hands, cover face, make space

Other ways to celebrate

Remember there are plenty of other ways to enjoy Bonfire night safely this year including:

  • Just because you can’t go to a firework display, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the yummy food. The BBC Good Food website has recipes for lots of seasonal tasty treats, including toffee apples and ginger and treacle traybake.
  • You may not be setting off fireworks, but you can still make things fizz and pop with these fun, simple science experiments from CBeebies. Make a lava lamp, a rainbow cloud or even fizzy chalk, perfect for creating a firework picture.
  • Make your own fireworks - you can make your own from toilet rolls, tin foil and paper. Simply paint or cover a cardboard tube with paper, then roll a piece of stiff paper or card into a cone to make the firework’s nose. Attach strips of tinfoil, tinsel, tissue paper and crepe paper for a shimmering tail! Or how about making a Catherine wheel from a paper plate?
  • If you don’t know the Guy Fawkes story, you could explore this article from BBC Newsround together – and why not try the ‘which firework are you?’ quiz while you’re there? Then check out this YouTube video from the Horrible Histories team for a more humorous twist on the tale.

Remember, remember this bonfire night

  • Only buy fireworks from license sellers
  • Read the instructions carefully
  • Keep fireworks out of reach of children
  • Only use 1 firework at a time
  • Only use 1 sparkler at a time
  • Stay at least 8 meters away from garden fireworks and 15 meters away from display fireworks
  • Hold sparklers at arm’s length
  • Never give a sparkler to a child under 5