Bonfire night health and safety is an important subject when visiting your local bonfire nights this autumn. Site Event supply portable event toilets and showers to many local bonfire nights would like to ensure all those attending are in a safe environment. Whether you are holding an event, attending a local bonfire night or letting off fireworks in your back garden this guide will help ensure bonfire night health and safety.
Did you know? 10 facts about bonfire night.
- It was illegal NOT to celebrate bonfire night in the UK until 1959.
- Three sparklers burning together have the same heat as a blowtorch.
- It is illegal to see fireworks to anyone under 18.
- Fireworks can travel up to 150 mph
- You can receive a £5000 fine for throwing fireworks
- The name “bonfire” derives from the term “bone fire”; in the Middle Ages, these types of fires were usually set up in order to burn bones.
- Fireworks were actually invented by accident; in the 10th century, a Chinese cook accidentally mixed three common cooking ingredients (sulphur, charcoal and a salt substitute) and set it alight, with the outcome being very colourful flames.
- The first recorded fireworks display took place in Florence, Italy.
- The first fireworks display in England was at the wedding of Henry VII
- Calls to the emergency services more than triple during bonfire night.
In an average year, there will be just under a thousand injuries caused by fireworks during October and November in the UK. Around half of these are children injured by fireworks or sparklers – even more of of a reason to make note of our bonfire night health and safety guide.
Bonfire Night Health and Safety Guide
- Don’t go near a firework after it has been lit
- Wear gloves when using sparklers
- Light one sparkler at a time and at arms length
- Keep all pets inside during bonfire night
- Check the bonfire before lighting for wild animals
- Keep a bucket of water ready for emergencies and used sparklers
- Remember to wrap up warm
Site Event will be supplying luxury toilet trailers, environmentally friendly loos and fencing to various bonfire nights across the South of England, areas covered include; Basingstoke, Reading, Canterbury, Guildford, Oxford and Bournemouth.