With Bonfire Night just around the corner and skies being filled with pretty bursts of colour, Fireman Sam is running a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of fire safety amongst children. Pontypandys hero is known for protecting the residents and teaching little ones the importance of fire safety and keeping calm in an emergency!
Real-life fireman for East Sussex Fire & Rescue and advisor to the children’s TV show Paul McIvenny comments – ‘My advice to parents would be to be extra vigilant while trick or treating at Halloween this year particularly with naked or open flames, opt to attend a well-organised fireworks display, or if you hold your own event ensure all your family and friends follows Sam’s Safety Tips”. Paul, who attends many accidents at this time of year, adds ‘I’ve seen severe burns as a result of handling fireworks incorrectly and also a lot of small accidents where children are lucky to have escaped with minor burns which could have been avoided, so I would strongly suggest parents take extra care as well as making their children aware of the potential dangers too”.
Fireman Sam’s Top Tips
Bonfire Do’s and Don’ts
• Site bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and always keep away from fireworks.
• Build the bonfire stack so that it is stable and never light with flammable liquids.
• Keep everyone away from the fire, especially children who must be supervised at all times, and pets are best kept indoors.
• In case of an emergency, keep buckets of water, the garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready.
• Pour water on the embers before leaving.
Firework Dos and Don’ts
• Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time.
• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on each firework. Read them by torchlight – NEVER a naked flame.
• Light fireworks at arm’s length using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick. NEVER go back to a lit firework.
• Always wear gloves when handling sparklers and hold at arm’s length. Once finished, put in a bucket of water.
• Never give sparklers to children under 5.
You can check out Fireman Sam’s Safety tips in his video.
Have a fun and safe Bonfire Night!