There are few events in autumn to look forward to as much as Bonfire Night.
It’s a great excuse to get all wrapped up and spend time with your family, going to watch a bonfire or a spectacular fireworks display, but it’s important to make sure you and your home stays safe too.
Fires and sparklers can spell trouble for your property but they’re not the only things you need to consider. Whether you’re going out to an event or you’re hosting a bonfire in your back garden, taking a few precautions could help you avoid costly home repairs. Let’s take a look at what you should consider this November 5th.
While you’re out
If you and your family are planning to go out to a Bonfire Night event, make sure you’re not leaving your home open to burglars. Research from Aviva found that there were 22% extra claims for theft on Bonfire Night than on a typical night. The combination of early nights and empty homes means that potential thieves could see homes as easy pickings, so make sure they’re not tempted by yours.
Even though it might sound obvious, make sure you lock the front and back doors, as well as all of the windows. When you’re in a rush to get out, it’s easy to forget to do this and leave your home open to criminals.
You should also make sure you don’t leave any attractive gadgets – like smartphones or tablets – lying in full view of the windows. Close your curtains or blinds when you’re going out, and leave a light switched on or on a timer. If possible, park your car on your drive or in your garage so it’s less likely to be broken into.
If you’ve got a dog or a cat (or other pet that may be upset by the noise) don’t forget to ensure that they are safely shut in the house.
If you’re staying in
Hosting a party on Bonfire Night could put your home in danger so make sure you take all the steps to avoid any mishaps. Don’t build any bonfires near to your house, any fences or hedges or any overhead power lines. As a general rule, bonfires need to be at a distance of at least five times their height from your property – so if it will be two metres high, build it 10 metres away.
Check all of the recommended distances on any fireworks before you buy them. Some fireworks state that you need to be at least 25 metres away to view them safely, which probably means these won’t be suitable for your garden.
Lastly, make sure you’ve got a bucket of cold water at the ready to dunk expired fireworks and sparklers into. Not only can these cause burns to you, but they can also reignite and set fire to your property. You want to be sure that all fireworks are put safely out, so that they won’t cause any problems for you or your home.
For more information on keep you, your family and friends and your property safe this Bonfire Night, have a look at the Fireworks Code.
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