Devon urged to keep Bonfire Night celebrations small and safe

Emergency services in Devon have urged people not place extra pressure on police and the fire service tonight.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has asked people to keep Guy Fawkes Night celebrations small and safe and presented a list of alternatives to fireworks this Bonfire Night.

The plea comes as we enter the first night of the recently imposed second lockdown.

It is hoped the message, that has also been shared Devon and Cornwall Police will ensure people stay safe and protect the NHS by not having fireworks or bonfires at their homes.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service say the alternative suggestions ensure that people won’t put themselves, their families or their friends at risk of fire but will still have fun.

The suggestions are as follows…

1) Stargazing

This one is so simple and yet so fascinating. All you need to do is look up at the night sky! You can use binoculars or telescopes if you have them handy, but if you don’t have these, just your eyes can do the trick. There are plenty of free mobile apps that can help you identify exactly what you’re looking at too, and it’s a great feeling to spot a constellation.

It can be as easy as turning off all the lights in your home and peering out of your window or from the comfort of your garden. Equally, if streetlights are an issue or you just fancy an adventure, you can travel to a quieter, more rural area nearby and set-up camp to stargaze there. (Hot chocolate and cosy blankets highly recommended!).

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2) Get cosy with snacks and a onesie

It doesn’t get much easier than this! Put on your best onesie – or insert favourite comfort clothing here – and get some yummy drinks and snacks prepared. We suggest the classic bonfire night food of hot dogs and maybe a hot chocolate treat to drink later on. You could even host a competition of who can create the yummiest hot chocolate! All the whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles…delicious.

Getting together and relaxing in the cosiest clothes with the most mouth-watering food and drink sounds like an absolutely dreamy evening.

3) Complete a science experiment

A safe one, of course! Get your lab coat on and have a go at a super safe and easy science experiment that you can do with the items already in your home (and if not, a quick visit to the local shops should do it). For one of these experiments, all you need is a plate, a glass of water and a packet of Skittles. These are super safe ways for children (and older…we don’t judge) to get experimental and have fun. Check out this website to see how you can carry out your Skittles science experiment. The end result even looks a little bit like a firework!

4) Watch a livestream of a firework display

If you search YouTube for ‘firework display livestream’ you’ll find loads of recorded firework events. These range from New Year’s firework displays, to Walt Disney firework events, to Fourth of July celebrations from across the pond. If you pop these on the TV screen and turn off all the lights (and have a hot dog in your hand – see suggestion 2), you’re all set to create an atmosphere just like the real thing! But this time, in the comfort of your own home, and maybe with even more spectacular displays then you’d usually get to see. Just think…you can even pause and replay your favourite moments!

5) Create a firework painting

There are loads of suggestions online of firework paintings. A common suggestion is black paper, paint (or glow in the dark paint if you really want to push the boat out) and the cardboard tube from an old toilet roll. Once you cut the toilet roll into a firework-type shape – snip it into slits, you’ll see how in this article from crafty morning – then all you have to do is dip it into the paint and then print it onto the paper. Maybe even add glitter if you’re feeling fancy. You can quickly and easily create your very own unique firework display, and practise getting crafty!

We hope these ideas appeal to you as cool ways to do something different this bonfire night. Stay safe, and have fun!

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