BONFIRE SAFTEY

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

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.

Further advice, publications etc

  • 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 Organizers
  •  Various fire brigades have advice on fireworks, bonfires and barbecues on the web:
  •  London Fire Brigade. More information on barbecues
  •  Fire Service site – fireworks, follow links to bonfires and barbecues.
lean about the importance of animal safety this bonfire season

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

Wildlifenfires and barbecues.

  • 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