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In case you need reminding, Guy Fawkes Night celebrates the failure of a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament by Catholic conspirators. They hoped to get rid of Protestant King James I and many of his supporters.
However the plot failed when the authorities were tipped off, and Fawkes, the man responsible for getting 36 barrels of gunpowder into the basement of the Houses of Parliament, was captured, tortured and put to death.
Nowadays, this curiously British reason to celebrate is remembered by parties where a guy is burned on a bonfire and fireworks are let off.
In 2004 the UK government brought in some tough legislation to improve safety and reduce the disruption caused by fireworks night parties around Guy Fawkes Night. These include curfews on when fireworks can be let off, their volume and a ban on under-18's having fireworks in public places.
When it comes to fireworks, safety is the most important thing.
- Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
- Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box.
- Follow the instructions on each firework.
- Light them at arm’s length, using a taper.
- Stand well back.
- Never go near a firework that has been lit.
Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
- Always supervise children around fireworks.
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
- Never give sparklers to a child under five.
- Keep pets indoors.
For more on Firework safety visit RoSPA’s Safer Fireworks website.
Why not celebrate Guy Fawkes Night with these yummy Bonfire Brownies
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