Bonfire night is one its way, that wonderful time of year where kids and adults alike gather around to watch the sky light up. You might be planning on attending a giant fireworks display, or you might be planning something a little more private. If you’re looking to have a bonfire of your own at home, there’s one thing you can’t ignore: safety. If there’s one thing we understand, it’s the importance of safety at home. Here are just a few tips to keep your home safe this bonfire night.
Plan as much as you can
If there’s one thing that chartered surveyors know all about, it’s the importance of planning! If you want to be sure that you have the safest, most magical bonfire night possible, you want to be sure that everything is carefully planned in advance. This includes everything from the size of your bonfire to the kind of fireworks that you’re using and whether they’re suitable for space you have, to ensuring that you have some water or sand close by to ensure that any fires can be quickly snuffed out. When it comes to the combination of your home and controlled explosions, never leave anything to the last minute.
Give yourself some space
Here’s something that human beings have known since the dawn of time but still bears repeating: fire spreads. If you’re setting up a bonfire anywhere near your home, make sure that you’re doing it with a whole lot of space. If your bonfire isn’t in an open area, things like nearby bushes and branches can easily catch alight. You’d be amazed at just how quickly an out of control fire can spread toward your home. No matter the size of your bonfire, make sure that you light it somewhere away from your property and clear away any potentially flammable material surrounding it.
Choose your fuel carefully
There are plenty of ways to help the logs on your bonfire start burning, but you need to be incredibly careful about what you’re putting on your bonfire. Shrubbery or branches can be a great way to get your bonfire started but never use any flammable liquids. Things like paraffin, petrol or aerosol cans can be highly explosive and you could find yourself dealing with an out of control blaze in an instant.
Make sure your home is secure
It’s an unfortunate reality that Bonfire night is one of the most popular nights of the year for burglaries. While you’re out in your garden enjoying the fireworks and the warm glow of the bonfire, make sure that your home is fully secured. Check all the doors and windows before kicking off the festivities so you don’t head back inside to any nasty surprises.
A bonfire night party at home can be an amazing way to make the most of this time of year with the people you love. Just make sure that you never forget the importance of staying safe. That way, you can be sure that the whole thing ends with the right kind of bang.