Bonfire night is lots of fun for all the family but there are some important safety precautions to consider before you set off any fireworks. Whether you’ll be putting on a public display or just hosting a gathering in the garden, read our round up of top tips and Draper Tools essentials for a safe, successful fireworks night.
Have a Torch Handy
Top of the list is a torch; this is especially handy for reading firework instructions in the dark. The Draper Expert 4 LED Aluminium Torch is water and impact-resistant with high intensity 16 lumen LED bulbs for longer battery life and wrist strap for security. LED torches can last up to 50 times longer than regular ones, so you won’t have to worry about battery life if you need to use your torch a lot on the night.
A few bucketsof water are essential on fireworks night, as is a separate bucket of soft earth to put your fireworks in. This Draper Tools 14.8L Black Bucket is made from quality polyethylene and has a durable metal carrying handle, making it ideal for use on fireworks night.
Sparklers can be great fun but remember to safely dispose of any used sparklers by putting them hot end first into a bucket of water. Never give sparklers to children under five years old and if you do give them to older children make sure they hold them at arm’s length and wear protective gloves. The Draper Tools Young Gardeners Gloves are perfect for keeping young hands safe and warm on fireworks night.
Keep Your Hands Safe
It’s very important to properly protect your hands when dealing with fireworks. This is especially important after your display has finished, when you need to collect spent fireworks without endangering your hands. We recommend a strong pair of protective gloves like the Draper Tools Expert Riggers Gloves and using a tool such as the Draper Tools Litter Picker to enable you to safely pick up any spent fireworks.
Protect Your Eyes
If you’re going to be setting off fireworks yourself your eyes must be properly protected. A pair of safety goggles is an absolute must to keep your eyes safe from sparks, cinders or falling debris. With their anti-mist design, impact resistant polycarbonate lens and adjustable elasticated strap, the Draper Expert Professional Safety Goggles are compliant with EN166.1 specifications and are a fireworks night essential.
Think of Your Ears
Your ears need protection too. If you’re going to be close to the action it can be very loud, so it’s a good idea to have some protection for your ears. The Draper Tools EN352-2:2002 compliant Ear Plugs are a great choice and come with an integral cord so you won’t lose them. If you’re hosting a big fireworks display the Draper Tools 50 Pairs of Ear Plugs Jar is an essential for spectators who tend to find fireworks a little on the noisy side. Hand the ear plugs out or simply leave the jar somewhere convenient on the night and anyone with sensitive ears will be able to enjoy the display.
Last but not least, if you’re planning on attending the local public fireworks display why not take along a flask of hot drink to keep you warm on the night and save queuing up? The Draper Tools Flask and Cup Set is ideal for two people and comes with two brushed stainless steel cups, spoons, a sugar container and even two cotton napkins. Supplied in a handy canvas bag with an adjustable shoulder strap, it’s the perfect bonfire night accompaniment!
Whatever your plans for fireworks night, we hope you have a great time and a safe, successful event. For more details on safely planning a fireworks display visit the RoSPA safer fireworks website: http://www.saferfireworks.com.
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