5 Top tips for a safe bonfire night at home

We all know the story of Guy Fawkes and the failed gunpowder plot that gave us Bonfire Night. What you may not know, is how to keep your home and lawn safe during a fireworks display.

Luckily we do. So, we’ve put together a list of five top safety tips to remember this 5th November, so that you can enjoy the show free of worry.

  1. Bring on the buckets

If you’re looking to set off your own rockets, the best way to keep your lawn safe from fire damage during Bonfire Night is to prepare soil buckets to avoid scorching the lawn:

  • Take a few large buckets and fill them with soil and place them out in the garden
  • Place the stake attached to the firework in the soil
  • When ready, light the firework and move a safe distance away
  • Sit back and enjoy the show!
  1. Leave the sparkling of the lawn to us

A favourite Bonfire Night activity for many is using a sparkler to write a message in the sky. Whilst there are many other captivating sights to focus on this weekend, be sure to avoid the temptation to drop your sparkler on the floor when it’s burnt out. Beyond the eyesore of littering, doing this is also bad for your lawn.

The best thing to do instead, is to grab a bucket. That’s right more buckets! You can clean and reuse your soil buckets or grab another one, it’s up to you.  Either way, fill this one with water and be sure everyone who has a sparkler, places them into it when they’re done. It’s far safer, and a much better alternative to burning holes in your lawn!

  1. Don’t let Guy Fawkes send your lawn up in smoke

The staple of any good Bonfire Night celebration is, of course, burning the bonfire. However, doing this provides its own host of dangers, not just for you, but also for your lawn.

The best way to avoid damage from a bonfire is to make sure you’re not burning the pyre on an area that is covered in grass, such as an old vegetable patch that is no longer in use, or something similar.

Also be sure to avoid burning dry and organic matter like dry leaves, because of the excess smoke that this can give off. If nothing else, because you’ll want to actually see the fireworks!

Finally, make sure you remember to check for any wildlife before lighting your bonfire and make sure you stand a safe distance away.

  1. Get rid of rogue rockets

After the display is over, and you’ve likely developed a crick in your neck from gazing up at the sky for too long, make sure you clear up any stray rockets that may have fallen onto the grass.

To make them burn brighter, fireworks can contain Sulphur, Potassium Nitrate, and Aluminium, along with charcoal and other dangerous chemicals. These can be damaging for your lawn if left to sit for too long, so keep your eyes peeled.

Even if you’re not planning your own display, be sure to do some sweeps of the garden for any that may have fallen across from the neighbours. You should be looking for burnt out fireworks, as well as the small rounds of concrete that can be used to secure them in place.

Stray fireworks can also easily lead to grass fires that are likely to spread rapidly if they land on the lawn, so be sure to be thorough.

5.   Look after your pets

As well as the lawn, the first concern for many pet owners this week is keeping them happy and safe during fireworks. Here are some things you can do to take care of your furry friends on Bonfire Night:

  • Keep them in a separate room, like a TV room, lounge or conservatory, then drown out the sound of the festivities with a radio or TV.
  • In this room, make sure they have space to hide somewhere safe if they get scared. A good way to do this is to pull a sofa or chair away from the wall and leave an area for your pet to hide away until it’s all over.
  • Make sure you’ve closed all the doors and windows to minimize the noise from outside.
  • Check on them regularly and give them lots of cuddles and attention to reassure

If you have any lawn damage at all after your bonfire night at home give one of our professional lawn care experts a call.

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