Bonfire night can become one of those happy memories that stay with us forever. Bonfires and firework displays amaze us, but they can also scare some children and there are dangers to be aware of. We are sharing a few tips to help you all create happy family memories and traditions together each bonfire night.
- Babies ears are very sensitive to noise and so they should be protected to help keep your baby calm and to protect their hearing. You have a few choices on how to protect your child’s ears. You can use ear muffs, baby ear plugs or ear protectors. If your baby still hates the loud bangs and sounds you can move further away from the display and enjoy from a distance, or sit in your car.
- Children should not be allowed to roam freely at a firework display. Keep them with you at all times.
- Sparklers are fun but they cause serious burns each year. Never give a sparkler to a child under five years old. When your child is over five and you feel they are ready to have a sparkler make sure they are wearing gloves. Help your child by showing them how to safely use a sparkler by always holding it away from them and teach them to never pick it up. Have a bucket of water nearby to place the used sparklers in when using sparklers at home.
- November is usually chilly. We’ve been enjoying some warmer temperatures this year but when the sun sets the temperatures do drop. Wrap your child up in layers, a coat, scarf, hat and gloves will keep your child cosy. Take a blanket with you just in case it gets really cold.
- Don’t venture too close to the bonfire. Point out the safety line and stay well behind it when visiting public displays.
Sometimes young children can get very upset at firework displays, and that’s ok. There’s no need to stay for the entire display. You may find getting in the car and watching the horizon for far off fireworks is a lot less stressful for the whole family.
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