To help keep the public safe WYFRS will
  • Draft in additional resources on key dates within the bonfire calendar.
  • Bonfires that are safely managed will be allowed to continue, whilst those that are posing a danger to people or buildings may be extinguished.
  • The service will also be working with local partners in the run up to the bonfire period, to run school talks aimed at educating youngsters.
  • Firefighters will also do spot checks with the local authority to remove fly tipping that could be targeted for arson.
If you do plan to have a bonfire in your own garden then please follow our guidance below!
Look out for the hashtag #BanginBonfire on social media to see and share safety messages throughout the bonfire season.

Bonfire safety tips

Once a bonfire is lit, make sure you:

  • keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies
  • don’t leave the bonfire unattended
  • keep children and pets away from the bonfire
  • don’t throw any fireworks into the fire
  • don’t burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint – many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury

Always follow the firework code

  • Stand well back
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Only buy fireworks that are CE marked
  • Light at arm’s length, using a taper
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Never give sparklers to a child under five
  • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Always supervise children around fireworks
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
  • Never go near a firework that has been lit – even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode