Remember, remember the 5th of November. This nice little rhyme means the day of Guy Fawkes’s failed Gunpowder Plot way back in 1605 will never be forgotten. Indeed, over 400 years ago, explosives expert Fawkes was part of a team of 13 (unlucky for some…) Catholics brought together to carry out the Plot, which intended to blow up King James I and his government whilst they were in the famous Houses of Parliament.
However, Fawkes was foiled in his plans and was guilty of treason and sentenced to hang. History has it that his body was hacked into quarters and his remains sent to "the four corners of the kingdom" as a warning to others!
Nowadays, the day is marked with an eruption of firework displays, burning effigies and children writing their name with a lit sparkler. If you’re planning a bonfire night celebration with friends or family, you’ll need to be wary of the potential safety pitfalls for young children and your pets.
First off, ask your children to put their gloves on whenever they’re handling a sparkler and also make sure that there’s a bucket of water ready for the used sparklers to be dropped into. These little things can stay deceptively very hot after burning out! Another good idea is to not dress your children in loose clothing with flowing sleeves – a compact jacket or coat without large sleeves would be best.
October 30th 2015