Guy Fawkes Night

Posted by on Friday, November 4, 2016

Guy Fawkes Night is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November.

Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords.

Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London.

Lighting bonfires on Guy Fawkes Night, November 5, is a popular many parts of Canada.

If you plan on having a bonfire ensure bonfires are legal and safe.

  • Fires should be placed on a gravel base away from trees and structures;
  • Flammable liquids should not be used to start or accelerate a fire;
  • No aerosol cans or pressurized gas cylinders are added;
  • Children should be supervised by their guardians;
  • You should ensure easy access to fire extinguishing supplies; and
  • Once finished, the fire should be extinguished using water and/or gravel.

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