Autumn has got its feet well and truly under the table. The weather is cold, the leaves are colourful, and Bonfire Night is nearly here. It is 410 years since Guy Fawkes and his cohorts attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament, but the date is still enthusiastically commemorated by families in most parts of the UK. It’s a favourite night of firework displays, bonfires, and camaraderie that warms communities both inside and out.
Dundee City Council have once again organised a large displays at Lochee Park and Baxter Park from 6pm. The bonfires will be lit at 6:15pm, with firework displays at 7pm. Radio Tay will also be providing live entertainment.
Hosting a Firework Display
Many families will opt to host their own fireworks display. It’s a great way to get together with family and friends and turn what can be a gloomy time of year into a night of fun. Keep yourself and your family safe by following these simple guidelines:
- Make sure your garden (or the piece of land you’re using) is large enough for the fireworks you have.
- Only buy fireworks with the BS7114 or equivalent safety mark, and a CE mark, and store them somewhere cool and dry.
- If you’re not inviting your neighbours, give them advance notice so they can make sure their pets are safe and they don’t have any windows open or washing outside.
- Be considerate. 5th November is a Thursday and people around you may have to get up early the next day. It’s illegal to set fireworks off after midnight.
- Only responsible adults should light fireworks, and they should do so following the written instructions.
- Light fireworks using a taper instead of a match, and keep a bucket of water or hose nearby.
- Stand at a safe distance, and dress children in brightly coloured clothing so they can be seen easily.
- Wear gloves if using sparklers, and put the hot wires in a bucket of water when finished.
- Bonfires should be built in a sheltered position away from buildings, roads, overhead wires, and hedges.
- Only burn dry material, and definitely no plastics, household rubbish, or dangerous or flammable items like paint or aerosols.
- Before lighting your bonfire, check that no animals are inside.
Finally, for a deliciously easy Bonfire Night meal, roast some tatties on your bonfire and serve with your favourite toppings. Whatever way you spend Guy Fawkes Night, stay safe and have fun!