With Diwali and Bonfire Night just around the corner, we would usually expect to see the skies light up with impressive, colourful fireworks from organised public displays. But with many large events not happening this year, families are more likely to go it alone in the garden for a smaller, private display at home.
In all the excitement, it can be easy to forget some safety basics and sadly things can sometimes go wrong.
At the heart of family networks, early years practitioners are well placed to help keep children safe by starting to teach little ones and their families the basics of firework safety, helping to make celebrations safe and remembered for all the right reasons.
Lessons for little ones – safety essentials for young children
Nothing beats close adult supervision when it comes to keeping little ones safe around fireworks, but young children can still benefit from starting to learn some safety essentials to make sure they’re as safe as possible this Diwali and Bonfire Night.
It’s never too early to start teaching the young children in your setting how to stay safe around bonfires, fireworks, and sparklers. That’s why the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) has developed a free, downloadable, quick reference resource for early years, packed with simple messages and activity ideas to help you make learning about firework safety fun.
Making firework safety fun
Whether through role play, circle time or focused learning, it’s easy to incorporate firework safety messages into your activities in an enjoyable, engaging way.
Why not use circle time to talk about fireworks and introduce some safety basics. Ask children questions, e.g. “Should you run around when you are holding a sparkler?” or “Why should you stand well away from the bonfire?”.
You could also get children involved in creating an eye-catching firework safety display for your setting. Colour in pictures of bonfires, sparklers, and fireworks, get crafty and create bonfire night paintings or even ask older pre-schoolers to make a poster.
Talk about what to do in an emergency if things go wrong and use role play to introduce and practice STOP, DROP and ROLL:
If your clothes catch fire, STOP, DROP and ROLL
- STOP what you’re doing
- DROP to the ground and cover your face with your hands
- ROLL over and over to put out the flames
For more fun, engaging and creative ways to bring safety messages to life in your setting or at home, download and share our free educational resource designed especially for early years, “Firework safety: lessons for little ones”. Why not share your own activity ideas with other early years practitioners in your community too?
Top tips to help keep children safe
You can start teaching the children in your setting the basics of how to keep safe around fireworks by sharing simple safety messages with them.
Teaching them that although bonfires, fireworks, and sparklers are exciting, they can be dangerous and might hurt them, is a great place to start. It’s important that little ones know to listen to their grown up and stand in a safe place if they go to a fireworks display or have fireworks at home in their garden.
For top tips and safety messages to share with the little ones in your setting and their families, visit the firework safety hub on the CAPT website where you will find:
- Firework buying guide – where to buy from and what to look out for.
- Tips for firework safety – top tips for a safe display at home to share with parents.
- Lessons for little ones – downloadable resource to help you start teaching young children how to stay safe around fireworks and sparklers.
- What to do in an emergency – advice on burns first aid and STOP, DROP and ROLL.
- Resources to share – leaflets, posters, and social media suggestions.
Spread the word on firework safety
We know how easily little ones can get caught up in the excitement of colourful fireworks and shimmering sparklers, but sadly accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.
By sharing our simple safety messages with the children and parents you support, you can help to keep children safe while celebrating and having fun with family and friends at this special time of year.
Everything you need to know about firework safety
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