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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Why you should always keep kids away from bonfires

    There are numerous reasons why it’s so important to keep kids away from bonfires. Whether you are enjoying a holiday campfire or November the 5th, safety always comes first.

    Why is it important to keep kids away from bonfires?

    Quite simply, letting a child near a bonfire is dangerously irresponsible. Children and young people tend to have a fearlessness and thirst for discovery that should almost always be encouraged. However, bonfires are one of the exceptions to that rule.

    Instead, the importance of safety should be emphasised. Not only will this protect children from the immediate danger, it also ensures that they get into good safety habits. This will leave them well equipped to stay safe in later life.

    Another reason it’s so important to keep kids away from bonfires is to ensure everyone else there has a good time. Nothing will put a dampener on proceedings like a bonfire accident and injury.

    Fire is very exciting and alluring. However, it is also extremely dangerous and not to be messed with. Bonfires are the perfect opportunity to teach young people about fire safety. Nothing demonstrates the destructive ability of fire as well as a massive pile of stuff going up in flames.

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    How can I keep kids away from bonfires?

    Of course, no matter how much you emphasise safety, some children will give in to temptation. Surrounding the bonfire with fences and barriers will help. A determined child may still get through, but it should cause enough of a delay for you to spot it.

    Another safety option is to ensure the whole event is monitored by qualified fire safety professionals. This is the case with council-organised bonfire nights. These typically take place in public places and are overseen by qualified officials.

    Seeing your child injured in a bonfire accident is undoubtedly a horrific experience. However, it can be somewhat reassuring to know that help is at hand. Whilst nothing can take the pain away, financial compensation can ease a little of the burden.

    If you or your child are hurt in a bonfire accident because of negligence, you may be due compensation. Negligence would include poor preparation and having insufficient safety precautions in place.

    A quick look at Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second claims test will establish your eligibility to claim. You can also call our expert advisors for a no-obligation consultation on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.

    Date Published: April 18, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice


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