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BONFIRE SAFETY

Be Safe not Sorry . . .       

 


Hedgehogs often hibernate in bonfires. Read the advice below to keep wildlife safe.

Many fireworks displays on Bonfire Night will be accompanied by a bonfire. This is a tradition which has been practiced for centuries and it can be quite safe as long as routine safety practice is observed.


1. Fire Service Advice.
  • Build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges.
  • Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire and never burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam furniture or batteries.
  • Don't leave bonfires unattended. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water.
  • Always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of fire.
2. Further advice, publications etc:
  •  BERR Government information on fireworks safety.
  •  FireworkSafety website, for valuable advice.
  •  Safer Fireworks RoSPA's site 'to make sure your firework parties are fun'
  •  H&SE Guide to Safety for Firework Display Organisers
  •  Various fire brigades have advice on fireworks, bonfires and barbecues on the web:
3. Wildlife
  • Hibernating animals - wild creatures such as hedgehogs, and pets such as tortoises - often find bonfires attractive. Piles of warm dry material appear to be a good prospect for a long winter's sleep.
  • If your bonfire is a small one, check it thoroughly, in daylight but as late as you can before lighting it.
  • Bigger bonfires are often built weeks ahead. Try to keep it in sections and only assemble it for building as late as possible.
  • Read more about hedgehogs: British Hedgehog Preservation Society

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