Bonfires at Home

It's safer to go to an organised event but, if you do plan to have a bonfire in your own garden please follow our guidance:

  • Adults buying fireworks for a reputable retailer (Please read and follow the fireworks code).
  • Think carefully about where you place your bonfire, how you will keep it under control and how you'll ensure family and friends are safe around flames.
  • Sparklers should never ben given to a child under the age of 5. They must always be held at arms length and in a gloved hand. Once they have gone out, put the sparkler in a bucket of water or sand.
Sky Lanterns

Sky lanterns are a huge fire hazard, as well as been litter they are create a significant danger to our wildlife. They also put our hard working farmers at risk. Sky lanterns enormously increase pressure on emergency services, just one rogue sky lantern could cause a service fire. 

Please do not light them at all. 

For more information visit the NFCC website here.

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

For more safety tips click here.