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Fireworks are breathtaking, but don't let them take your breath away for all the wrong reasons

What does the 5th November mean to you?

Sparklers, jacket potatoes in tin foil, bonfires, warm clothes, hats and gloves, and of course, FIREWORKS!

We love the annual explosion of colour in the November skies (especially when we’re writing our own name with a sparkler in the air…. – who doesn’t do that?) but this weekend around 900 people will need treatment for firework-related injuries.

Some stuff you probably didn’t know about fireworks:

Three sparklers burning together generate the same amount of heat as a blowtorch, bonfires can reach temperature of 1000 degrees (that’s the same as lava from a volcano) and fireworks can be as hot as the surface of the sun.

This is a slight deviation from our normal posts here on Daisy Hill, but knowing how dangerous fireworks can be, we wanted to do our bit to make sure our readers can join us next week (so you don’t miss our November posts on planning a green Christmas, and top ethical gifts for you and him – you’re going to love them).

Children suffer over half of all firework industries, so keep your little ones and yourself safe by following some simple guidelines:

  • Don’t give sparklers to children under 5 – sparklers can reach over two thousand degrees in temperature and cause all sorts of nasty injuries
  • Go to an organised display (find one local to you here) rather than one you do yourself – it’s safer
  • Hold sparklers at arms’ length, and wear gloves while using them
  • If you must hold your own DIY display, keep fireworks in a sealed metal box
  • Take fireworks out the box one at a time then seal the box
  • Never return to a lit firework
  • Keep pets indoors.

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for these little critters if you’ve built a bonfire for Guy Fawkes!

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Bonfires are perfect for hedgehogs looking for somewhere warm and cosy to hibernate - make sure they don't get too warm and cosy by checking your bonfire for any sleepyheads like this one, before you light it

What do you enjoy most about Fireworks night?  Help us get in the mood for this evening by sharing your memories and family traditions for this explosive night in the comments below (or come and join the conversation on our Facebook page).