Today we were visited by Bishop Auckland Fire and Rescue Service, who came to remind us how to keep safe around fire, particularly at this time of year.
They told us all the following important messages:
- If you are having a bonfire or fireworks in your garden, make sure you have a hosepipe and buckets of water at hand.
- Sparklers are great fun, but the burning tip gets around 7 times hotter than boiling water. When using them you should always wear gloves, keep your arms stretched out and keep them away from faces and bodies. When they go out you should drop them straight into a bucket of water, without touching the end that was lit.
- Only adults should light fireworks and you should never go back to one that has not gone off in case explodes near you. This can cause serious injuries.
- You should always stand away from lit bonfires as the heat from them can cause clothes to ignite. (If you can feel the heat from the fire, you are too close.)
- If your clothes do set on fire, STOP (to prevent oxygen feeding the fire,) DROP and ROLL until the flames are out.