All you need to Know for a Safe Guy Fawkes Night in Wales

20th October 2016 | by Whitehouse Leisure Park

It’s that time of the year again so here is some Firework and Bonfire Safety Advice to ensure you have a safe Guy Fawkes night in Wales.

On the 5th of November, Guy Fawkes or Bonfire Night is the anniversary of the day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes made his failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament with gunpowder. These days, we celebrate the date with public firework displays and bonfires, private parties and fun times with friends and family in our back gardens.  Caravan Holiday Parks very rarely have organised events, due to the obvious and dangerous fire risks to the static caravans,

As the autumn weather remains quite nice and the nights are drawing in, many holidaymakers will be visiting their static caravans on Whitehouse Leisure Park for a long weekend or a mid-week break. Although we have fewer hours of daylight, there are still plenty of activities and adventures that you can have around Wales, especially to celebrate Bonfire Night. But if you are staying at home read on.

Public or Private display?

The majority of firework-related injuries are recorded as happening at a private party, rather than at a public, organised event. If you are planning a private firework party, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents gives advice that it’s best to make plans first. Always make sure that there is adequate space in your garden for the spectators and the fireworks.

Guy Fawkes celebrations are fantastic events for all the family, but as you enjoy the explosions and whizz bangs, always remember to stay safe. Bonfires, sparklers and fireworks can be very dangerous if not handled correctly.

Safety Hints for handling fireworks

  • Wear gloves and eye protection when setting off fireworks
  • Store fireworks in a metal tin and keep the lid on between use
  • Keep a torch handy for reading instructions
  • Never drink alcohol if you are in charge of fireworks
  • Light a firework with a taper at arm’s length
  • If a lit firework doesn’t explode, never return to it as it could still explode
  • Never allow anyone to throw a firework onto a bonfire

Bonfire rules and regulations

If you decide to build a bonfire anywhere there are safety guidelines you should stick too. They should be built at least 18 metres away from car parking areas, overhead cables, fences, trees and buildings. Only use dry, clean timber, and don’t build it higher than 3 metres tall. Never burn Aerosols, foam-filled furniture, tyres or tins of paint. Never, ever, ignite the fire using petrol, paraffin or methylated spirits.

To find out where all the events are to watch firework click on Guy Fawkes Night in Wales.

If you have any worries or queries regarding bonfire and firework displays, contact the Office at Whitehouse Leisure Park. No matter where in the region you spend it this year, we wish you a very happy and safe Guy Fawkes Night in Wales.