Thursday, 1 November 2012

Fireman Sam Safety Advice for Bonfire Night

This year, Fireman Sam - the hero next-door for generations of youngsters - is fronting a National Bonfire Night Safety Campaign and I have to say, he's the logical choice. Anything that can help get the safety message across has to be a good thing so please take a moment to share Sam's top tips with your children, especially if they are fans of the series. 


Bonfire Dos and Don'ts

•             Site bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs AND ALWAYS 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 who 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 might also like to watch the animated safety tips over on the Fireman Sam Youtube Channel. The first one is below but there are many more to discover.

Head over to for more Bonfire Night information, games and competitions. You can also follow Fireman Sam on Twitter: @firemansamuk

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  1. Fab post! Thanks for posting this.
    Also, remember to check bonfires for hedgehogs before lighting them. Many hedgehogs will hibernate in a bonfire before it's lit resulting in many hedgehog deaths :(

  2. Fabulous post! Both my boys made me read it out them and has to be true as Fireman Sam said so! Lucinda

    1. I think it's really clever of them to get a kids' hero to pass on a safety message - much more effective than if it's the parents saying it.

  3. Thanks for posting these Tips. I think an important one is to stay far back from fireworks. A friend got burned once as a rocket flew off sideways.

  4. Im scared to death of fireworks after an incident when i was a child so its so important to continually tell our children about the dangers of them. thanks for the post

  5. Fireman Sam was on breakfast television aswell with this advice, brilliant to see a well loved character getting the message across. I heard on our local radio of an 11 year old suffering really bad burns to his face and hands after playing with fireworks just a few days ago it really is scary!

  6. This was fabulous for sharing with my daughter before Bonfire Night as she is a huge Fireman Sam fan, and I am paranoid about keeping her safe at this time of year. I know how dangerous fireworks can be, as my best friend had horrific burns following an awful accident. A fantastic, child friendly post.