Bonfire Night Safety Tips For Families With Young Kids

Bonfire Night Safety Tips For Families With

Bonfire night is a lot of fun- there’s colourful fireworks, sparklers and usually a huge fire to keep everyone warm!

However, every year a lot of accidents occur on bonfire night, and scarily a lot of them happen to children. As a result, we’ve put together some info from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, and some other important safety sources, so that you and your family can all enjoy a safe and happy fireworks event…

Did you know…

  • Last year over 900 people had to go to hospital following firework accidents
  • Over 550 children under 16 are taken to hospital in the four weeks surrounding bonfire night alone
  • Boys aged 12-15 years are the group most commonly injured by fireworks

Safety Tips


  • Protect your baby’s ears by using specially designed earmuffs, if you can get them
  • Keep your little one nice and warm whilst watching displays by wrapping them up in plenty of layers
  • Keep toddlers on toddler reigns/ in pushchairs to prevent them from wandering off
  • Be aware of flying sparks or wood smoke containing toxic chemicals- keep children well back from fires
  • If your child becomes very distressed, try taking them back to the car and watching from there
  • Never let children play with fireworks
  • Only adults should hold or light fireworks
  • Stand well back during fireworks displays- make it clear that your kids MUST stay behind safety barriers at all times
  • Never go near a firework that’s been lit, even if it’s not gone off
  • Don’t allow children to pick up fireworks debris- there may be some hidden ignited portions that can still explode


Sparklers can reach temperatures hot enough to melt gold, so it’s really important to use them safely!

  • Do not give a sparkler to a child under 5 years old
  • Do not hold a baby or child when you’re holding a sparkler, just in case they wriggle
  • Children over 5 still need constant supervision when holding a sparkler
  • Teach your kids not to wave sparklers or run around with them
  • Always wear gloves
  • Hold sparklers at arm’s length, and keep them away from the face, hair or clothing
  • Light one at a time
  • When the sparkler goes out put it in a bucket of water as it can still burn you afterwards
  • NEVER put one in your pocket or pick one up off of the floor

In an emergency:

  • Cool burns immediately with cold water, keep it running on the burn for at least 10 minutes
  • Don’t touch the burn or try and pull any bits of clothing off it
  • Seek medical advice as soon as possible- call NHS 111 in England and Scotland or NHS Direct in Wales for guidance
  • If a burn on a child is larger than a postage stamp or involves the face, hands, feet, joints or genitals, then go to a doctor immediately.
  • If clothing catches fire then get the person to stop, drop and roll on the ground in a heavy material (a curtain would work well)

Teaching little ones about fireworks:

To help teach your youngster how to stay safe at a fireworks event, then read this fun interactive online story about ‘Welephant’ and ‘Spikey’s’ bonfire night adventure!

Click here:


or have a look at’s fun infographic about ‘Ben’s’ firework safety experiences!

Click here: Ben’s bonfire safety code

Other tips to remember:

  • Don’t bring pets to firework displays- they will get very frightened and it’s dangerous to have them running around when there are open flames and explosives about
  • Don’t let off noisy fireworks late at night, especially after 11pm
  • Make sure you use torches to read firework instructions rather than a naked flame
  • Never throw used fireworks on to a bonfire
  • A bonfire should be at least 18 metres away from houses, trees, fences or sheds

To learn how to keep your kids safe on holiday read our articles about pool safety and beach safety or to read about essential first aid practices all parents should know, click HERE.

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Wendy Shand
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