Stay Safe This Bonfire Night With These Simple Tips

The season is well and truly upon us already and Bonfire Night is fast approaching so here at EPIC we provide you with the rules and regulations to ensure that you stay safe at your event.

Some things may appear to be like teaching granny how to suck eggs but you would be surprised at the number of queries we get annually about this very subject.

As with most things today, prevention is better than the cure. But, ultimately you don’t need someone spouting ‘I told you so’ when you have a burn victim to deal with so we will make this as simple as possible.

If you are having a few people round for your Bonfire Night event this year, it would be beneficial to create your own ‘First Aid Kit’ and it will work out a great deal cheaper than buying a pre-selected kit.

• Sterile saline solution
• Cling film or any sort of food film wrap
• Moist burn pads or skin pads which are widely available across the UK
• Aloe Vera cooling gel – choose one with ‘Aloe Vera as the first ingredient
• Paracetamol tablets
• Blunt tipped scissors – these will be particularly useful for removing clothing without causing additional injury or pain

Minor Burn advice:

• Rinse the injured part under cool (not freezing cold) water for 10 minutes
• Try to remove any jewellery or clothing from the affected area before swelling appears – once cooled cover with the Aloe Vera and cling film or one of the specialist burn/skin pads
• If the burn is larger than your hand or appears to be particularly deep, seek medical attention as soon as possible
• If the victim is a child or an elderly person, we would recommend that you check with your health professional – if in doubt contact 111 for NHS choices service who will be able to point you in the right direction

Major Burn advice:

The same as Minor but automatically call 999 and do not give the patient anything to eat or drink until the emergency services arrive.

If the burns are widespread, use buckets of water or a hose pipe to cool the injury as much as possible whilst waiting for the specialists to arrive.

In the worst case scenario, digits have been lost from hands and feet as a result of stupidity or accident but prompt medical assistance may enable the medical team to re-attach the fingers or toes.

• Call 999
• Lay the victim down and raise the injured part
• Remove any visible foreign objects from around the wound which could potentially end up causing problems
• Apply pressure to the wound for 15 minutes and then release for 2 minutes and then re-apply. This ensures that blood flow can be maintained and will assist in re-attachment.
• Retrieve the missing digit and rinse it clean (do not scrub) and then wrap in a damp, clean cloth and make sure that the emergency service personnel have it with them when they leave. DO NOT USE ICE – this will damage the blood vessels and prevent any possibility of re-attachment.

And finally, eye injuries.

• Rinse out the eye with lots of cool water or saline solution
• Check the eye out using a light to see if there is any penetration of it
• Seek immediate medical assistance if the patient’s vision is blurred or impaired or there is evidence of a foreign object still in the eye which cannot be removed by flushing.
• If there is clearly something protruding from the eye leave it alone, get a wad of clean lint and transport the patient to the hospital for treatment

Hopefully, as in past years your Bonfire Night will proceed without any such information being necessary but harking back to my Girl Guide days its better to be prepared.

Sparkler Art. Easy To Do & Beautifully Effective

As the above image shows, provided you have the right camera setting, a great backdrop and of course some decent sparklers, you are ready.

The exciting thing about sparkler art is that the only thing holding you back is your own imagination.

To capture the image, professionals recommend that you should use the slowest speed to offer the longest light exposure available on the camera as this will enable you to take brilliant shots.

Set up on a tripod to avoid ‘wobble’ and setting F8 and 25-30 second exposure to start with and see how you go on.

Art is all about experimentation and this proves that a little patience and some skill can certainly give you perfect results if you keep trying.

The good thing about using this medium is that provided you have a good few sparklers, all the family (please ensure that all users are over 5-years of age) and they have some imagination, you are going to have a fabulous time and sometimes it’s the more obscure things that are the most effective.

The long exposure time is your ‘drawing’ time and the camera will capture anything which is done in the interim period and burn it onto the image you will end up with. I would recommend that you have a couple of practice runs beforehand to get the angles etc right but if you do produce some, we would really appreciate it if you could let us see them.


Bonfire Night is fast approaching (less than 11 weeks to go – hehe) so thoughts turn to fireworks and of course taking pictures of the event.

Whilst many have top of the range camera’s today, most of us carry a smart phone so we are always ready to get clicking at any given moment.

In most instances, the photographs we take most frequently will be in well-lit/daylight environment during the Spring and Summer months which naturally presents a whole new set of shooting conditions to consider when taking photographs of fireworks, late evening and often in damp conditions.

Here at Epic we have previously offered advice on photographing fireworks effectively but there are a number of useful hints, tips and even an app to help you to get the most out of your iPhone on November 5th.


• Plan ahead – You can never do enough planning as the old saying goes, fail to plan, plan to fail. There are a few things you can do to avoid being caught out this Bonfire Night it you wish to take some memorable pictures. Where to stand? Usually, we would recommend in the designated viewing area but if you want shots with a specific feature included (tree, bridge, water etc) you must be sure to get there early and set up. Check your battery is fully charged and ready to shoot and clear as much memory space as possible (you don’t want to be ready to take the shot of the night and find yourself without the space to save it). Which way is the wind blowing – this might not be an apparent ‘plan ahead’ consideration but if you bear in mind that if the wind is in your direction, you may end up in a thick cloud of smoke you really should check before you set up.

• Accessories – There are a few accessories available today for most smartphone’s which will be of benefit to you. Unless you have a spot where you can safely rest the camera without the likelihood of any movement, we heartily recommend a tripod. Here at Epic, we use a full-sized one (picked up for around a fiver) but you can get some natty mini ones which are handy if you need something pocket-sized but they can be quite expensive so make sure you shop around. There are also specialist ‘moment’ lenses but these will be more of a hindrance than a help.

• APP – There are a couple of really good ones which have been tried and tested in the fireworks industry by friends and other pyrofreaks; NightCap and Slow Shutter Cam. Out of the two, I think that you will benefit more from the Slow Shutter Cam APP as you will be able to capture the full effect that is seen by the eye with the full light trails. Again, make sure you are fully conversant with the function and give it a try before the night as you don’t really want to be fumbling around whilst you are trying to enjoy the show.

Make no mistake, firework photography is incredibly challenging but once you establish what is going to best suit your abilities and give you the best results, you can only get better.

One final point, firework displays build and you will always have the ‘finale’ to check out so keep some of your energies for the end when the sky will be full of fireworks.

We would dearly love to see your firework pics and would like to feature them on our site. Let us have them via email to the following:

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