Remember, remember the 5th November, the time when the season changes and the long, cold nights kick off with a bang.
Across the country, people gather in their neighbour’s backyard, the local parks and attend big city spectacles to get together and celebrate the failure of Guy Fawkes’ gunpowder plot in 1605. Our children, young people and their foster carers will be joining in the fun and want to share their excitement with you. Bonfire Night is the perfect time to gather those close to you whether they are family or friends, to wrap up warm, drink hot chocolates and gaze at the skyline extravaganza, remembering what could have been on the night of November 5th.
Although the evening is a celebration, and here in the UK it was a compulsory one up until 1959, there are some important Do’s and Don’ts to remember, however you decide to celebrate your Saturday night.
DON’T go near a firework once they have been lit.
It is extremely important to keep well away from fireworks once lit. Over 900 firework-related injuries were recorded in the past year, due to irresponsible behaviour in November.
DON’T use sparklers without wearing gloves.
Sparklers burn continuously until they reach the bottom. You must wear gloves to protect your hands and dispose of the sparkler properly, by putting it out in water or sand.
DON’T light a bonfire or set off fireworks in close proximity to trees and buildings.
Fireworks can be very dangerous if not used properly. Please pay attention to the safety guidelines of your purchased fireworks. All of them have different recommended distances.
DO Wrap up Warm.
If you haven’t already it’s time to put the summer clothes away. It’s time for woolly jumpers and matching sets of hats and scarves!
DO make sure when using sparklers or when near fireworks, you are in the presence of an Adult.
Grab a box, share them with loved ones, create images, write messages, do whatever you fancy but be quick before the sparkle disappears!
DO make sure all animals are even kept inside or well away from bonfires or fireworks and always kept on a lead.
The loud bangs of Fireworks can frighten many animals, as they have sensitive hearing. Keep them inside or on a lead close to you, to prevent risks.
DO make the most of Bonfire Night treat traditions.
When we think of Bonfire Night, we think of the loud noises followed by “OOOO’s” and “AHHH’s” as the fireworks fill up the sky and people watch in awe. However, there is something else that excites our foster children, the bonfire night treats that make us go “MMM”.
Here are the suggestions from our foster children, and their favourite Bonfire Night feasts.
There is one for everyone, whatever your taste buds fancy. Dip them in chocolate, caramelise them, cover them in sprinkles, it’s up to you!
“I love sitting with my foster family and friends, toasting marshmallows after seeing the local fireworks”
“I always run straight to the hot dog stand!”
A seasonal favourite, top them with cream and marshmallows for a Bonfire Night hot chocolate spectacular.
JACKET POTATOES ON THE FIRE.
“My foster mum always makes Jacket potatoes on the fire at bonfire night, I like mine with lots of cheese and beans!”