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Bonfire and firework safety

We know bonfires and fireworks are popular, especially on Bonfire Night and around New Year, but it’s important to be safe.

Every year we attend countless incidents involving bonfires that have got out of control, or fireworks that have gone astray. In more serious cases, people have found themselves seriously hurt.

Our main advice around these times of year, especially Bonfire Night, is to attend organised displays. These are safer and far more spectacular!

However, if you are having a bonfire at home, or setting off fireworks, please follow our simple advice to keep yourself and others safe.

Bonfire safety

  • Any bonfire should be sited well away from houses, trees, sheds, fences and other outbuildings
  • You should never use paraffin, petrol or any other fuel or accelerant on a bonfire
  • Ensure you have a supply of water nearby to dampen the flames if necessary
  • Do not burn things like plastic or chemicals – these can produce thick and acrid smoke

Firework safety

  • Only buy fireworks from reputable suppliers and ensure they meet safety standards
  • Take care when lighting fireworks – keep at arms length away and don’t go back to them once lit
  • Never throw fireworks, don’t put them in your pocket and ensure they are not pointing towards people, buildings or trees
  • Best practice is to keep fireworks in the box and get them out one at a time
  • Be a good neighbour – consider those with pets and remember there are rules around how late you are able to set fireworks off 

This content was last updated on October 21st, 2021