No Smoke Without Fire
Bonfire Night is about to go off with a bang. But where there is fire, there will be smoke, and this can play havoc with asthma and respiratory allergy.
However it doesn’t mean that if you’re living with an respiratory allergy you can’t join in with the fun. With some imagination and thought, you can keep exposure to a minimum and enjoy the festivities.
Warming your fingers and toes on the bonfire while watching the skies erupt with colour is a must on November the 5th. So if you’re planning a bonfire, please keep harmful pollutants to a minimum by following the Environment Agencies bonfire guidelines and your local councils recommendations.
Most councils suggest the following:
- Only burn dry material
- Never burn household rubbish, rubber tyres, or anything containing plastic, foam or paint
- Never use old engine oil, meths or petrol to light the fire or to encourage it
- Avoid lighting a fire in unsuitable weather conditions – smoke hangs in the air on damp, still days and in the evening. A fresh, windy day is the better, as the smoke will disperse more easily
- Never leave the fire unattended or let it smoulder, douse it with water if necessary
Smoke is difficult to contain, so to reduce smoke exposure in your home, make sure you keep your windows closed during your event or if you’re out for the evening. Being out in a smoky atmosphere can also cause harmful particles to cling onto clothes, hair and skin, so having a good shower when you get home will prevent you breathing them in during the night.
Holding an alternative Bonfire Night party could be just as fun and really keep smoke exposure to a minimum. You can find lots of ideas online, but here are some of our favourites:
- Replace sparklers with glow sticks
- Get some glow in the dark paint and encourage the kids to go Jackson Pollock on some large sheets of paper. Or if you’re brave enough, the garden walls!
- Hold a Penny for the Guy competition. Instead of burning them on the bonfire, display them with pride and vote for your favourites with pennies. The Guy with the most pennies wins
- Hang solar lights or lanterns around your garden to add colour and atmosphere
- Dress up! Think of Bonfire Night themes or go traditional with a masquerade ball
Whatever and however you decide to celebrate we hope you have fun and stay safe.