With a second national lockdown starting today, this year's bonfire night will be different from any previous year! The lockdown restrictions have meant that unfortunately bonfire night events have been cancelled over the coming days. If you are still planning to celebrate, please be thoughtful of some of the fire safety risks associated with bonfires and fireworks.

Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service have created some helpful videos about how you can stay safe when celebrating bonfire night! 

Buying fireworks

Lighting fireworks and sparklers

Planning fireworks at home

** Please note the 'Planning fireworks at home' video mentions the rule of six - this no longer applies due to the latest lockdown restrictions. Please do not mix with other households. 

Important things to remember: 

Fireworks

If you are planning on having your own firework display at home, please take all of the necessary precautions to ensure that you and those with you are safe.

  • 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

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

Bonfires

If you are planning to have a bonfire in your 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.

Don't forget to check thoroughly for any animals hiding in the wood pile before lighting a bonfire - this can help save the lives of hedgehogs and other small animals.