It's Bonfire Night! With the recent Diwali celebrations and Guys Fawkes Day, we thought it was time to remind ourselves of some basic fire safety tips when around bonfires and fireworks.

Bonfires

If you are planning to have a small bonfire in your private garden, make sure it is away from fences, bushes, trees, sheds and yours and your neighbour's property. Please also ensure that everyone remains a safe distance from the flames at all times. Bonfires are not permitted in communal gardens.

Sparklers

Sparklers can be a lot of fun for family and friends, however it is important to remember that they burn at extremely high temperatures, and can be dangerous if not handled properly. 

  • Do not give sparklers to young children
  • Do not give sparklers to children that are unsupervised
  • Make sure everyone handling sparklers wears gloves
  • Hold the sparklers at arm’s length
  • Don’t wave sparklers close to other people
  • When the sparkler has finished put it in a bucket of cold water or sand

Fireworks

If you are planning on hosting your own firework display at home, please take all of the necessary precautions to ensure that you and those with you are safe. It is much safer to attend an organised firework display.

  • Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark
  • Keep fireworks in a secure box
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework
  • Light fireworks at an arm's length
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes and lighters, away from fireworks
  • Once a firework has been lit, keep well back
  • Never throw fireworks
  • Direct any fireworks towards the sky and well away from spectators
  • Keep a bucket of water or sand close by in case of emergencies (water hoses may also be helpful)
  • Wear protective clothing such as gloves when handling and lighting fireworks
  • Keep a first aid kit close by

Check for wildlife!

Building bonfires in advance of lighting it can often lead to small animals such as hedgehogs and mice hiding inside the collection of wood. If you are lighting a bonfire, be sure to check it thoroughly beforehand. Doing this can help save the lives of hedgehogs and other small animals.

It is always best to attend organised, public Fireworks events. Don't forget to celebrate safely this weekend!