Guy
Fawkes or Bonfire Night s it is sometimes known is celebrated across Great
Britain every year on the evening of the 5 November and the history of this
night dates back to 5 November 1605. Guy
Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot was arrested while guarding explosives
that had been placed under the House of Lords.
People celebrated the failed attempt on King James I life by lighting
bonfires around London. The introduction
of The Observance of 5 November Act enforced an annual public day
of thanksgiving.

So
where did fireworks come from? Fireworks
are thought to originate from China 2,000 years ago and were first known as fire
crackers.

Now
to test to see how much you know about staying safe on Bonfire Night.

* Any
idea which age group are most affected by firework accidents? Reports suggest that half of all firework
accidents happen to children under the age of 16.

* What
do you do if a firework that has been lit doesn’t go off properly? Would you run over and relit it? That is the worst thing you could do – never return
to a firework once it has been lit, you never know when it might suddenly
decide to go off. Imagine if you were
bending down trying to relight it and it sudden exploded. Not worth thinking about.

* Do
you let your children help you entertain the neighbours? As much as it is great to make Bonfire Night
a family occasion do not extend that to allowing them to hold or even light a
firework. Only an adult should take that
responsibility.

* How
about Fred the family dog or Ginger, next doors cat can they join you in the garden? I think most people know that
the noise of the fireworks is what terrifies both cats and dogs. Please make sure they are indoors somewhere
they are not afraid.

Sparklers
are okay they weren’t hurt you? Do you
think that’s true? If you said no, then
you have a few things to learn.
Sparklers should always be held at arm’s length and never waved in front
of any one’s face. Once it has gone out,
do not be tempted to touch the end, it could still burn you. Best thing to do once you’ve had your fun is
put any used Sparklers in a bucket of water to cool them down and get rid of
any dangers.

So
now you’re armed with a bit of history, what you should and shouldn’t do on
Bonfire Night, and the only thing left is for me to wish you a fabulous time
watching the dark skies being lit up with a mixture of shapes in the colours of
the rainbow.

Enjoy
and make sure you are not one of the casualties of 5 November!