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8 ways to keep your child safe around fireworks and bonfires

Remember, remember the 5th of November? While a firework display can be magical time for tots, there are safety precautions you need to take

Fireworks night is one of the best nights of the year for the whole family, as the night sky is lit up with incredible light displays.

And let’s not forget the chance to toast marshmallows on the bonfire. But while fireworks are amazing to watch they can be noisy and scary for young children.

To make sure your family’s night goes off with a bang, follow our expert tips for a safe night all round.

 

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1) Lessen the noise

Your baby’s ears are super sensitive and the noise of the fireworks will probably be the loudest noise she’s ever heard.

If the fireworks are being set off in a small place such as a garden, keep her inside and let her watch from a window.

If you’re watching a display in a park then keep your baby’s ears protected (from both the sound and the cold) with a pair of earmuffs.

You can also buy baby earplugs, which are easy – and safe – to insert into your baby’s ears. 

If you still think it’s too noisy, try watching the lights from inside your car with your baby to muffle the sound even more.
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2) Keep your baby with you at all times

Don’t let go of your child for even a second when fireworks are being set off or there’s a bonfire nearby. If you need a bathroom break, take her with you or put her safely in the arms of a relative or friend you can trust.
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3) Be wary of sparklers

Sparklers may look child-friendly and make pretty patterns but they can reach temperatures of 982°C and are not suitable for under-fives.

If you do decide to give your child a sparkler, always help her hold it away from her face, clothing and hair and make sure she’s wearing gloves to protect her hands.
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4) Steer clear of the heat and the fireworks

At public displays, there is usually a safety line that you should stay behind and if you’re in a private garden then keep as far away as possible from where the fireworks are set off.

The same rules apply with bonfires, which can get really hot and make your baby uncomfortable.
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5) Keep your baby warm

Despite the bonfire, chances are that the night air will be pretty chilly so keep your tot wrapped up warm. Layers, a coat, and a hat, scarf and gloves combo should do the trick!
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6) Buy legal fireworks…

…and don’t ever make your own (even if your partner does consider himself a D.I.Y whizz).

Legal fireworks will be clearly marked with the manufacturers name and logo and are much safer to use. Before using them, store them in a cool, dry place that your tot can’t reach.
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7) Keep water nearby

Have a bucket of water and hose on standby in case any of the fireworks cause accidents. And soak all of the firework leftovers in a bucket of water before throwing them away.
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8) Be prepared to leave the display early

Some babies are mesmerised by fireworks but others get really upset by all the noise, bright lights and crowds of people, so it’s a good idea to have an escape plan (and route) in mind.

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