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Stay safe & enjoy the sparkle of Bonfire night

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Snap, crackle and pop. Of course we’re not talking about the cast of Rice Crispies but the start of Bonfire night season which is upon us. Fireworks, sparklers, woolly hats, gloves, wellies and warm food, there’s nothing like a night looking up at the stars and watching the sky light up with colour.

If you’re deciding to have a little bonfire and firework show at home this year, there are some things you need to consider with being safe and considerate to your neighbours.


It’s nice to all huddle round a bonfire on a cold night, but make sure you put it together safely as fire can spread quickly. Here are some things to take into account:

  • Let your neighbours know that you’re going to have a bonfire and fireworks. Give them plenty of notice that there may be some smoke and loud bangs. Ask them to let you know if there are any problems, too smokey or too loud, especially if you’re playing music.
  • Think about how long your bonfire will go on for and how often you intend setting off fireworks.
  • Build your bonfire a good distance from your home and away from fences, sheds and tree’s. You don’t want to set alight parts of your home or your neighbour’s.
  • Use dry materials to burn on your bonfire. Damp materials will cause more smoke. Don’t burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything with foam or paint.
  • Don’t use petrol or paraffin to start your bonfire as the fire might get out of control quickly.
  • Make sure there are no electrical cables hanging over your bonfire like telephone wires.
  • Keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby at all times and don’t leave the bonfire unattended.
  • Keep any children or pets away from the bonfire.
  • If there is a fire, keep calm, move away from the scene quickly, don’t pick up any valuables or possessions and dial 999.


Fireworks can come in all shapes and sizes and when you’re going to a big event, the louder the better. But when you’re at home you have to be careful with what you’re going to set off. Here are some tips on having fireworks at home:

  • Only buy fireworks from a reputable supplier and with a British Standard Kitemark BS7114.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and follow the instructions displayed carefully.
  • It’s actually illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am.
  • Light any fireworks at an arms length with a taper and stand well back. Never return to a firework once they are lit.
  • Don’t throw fireworks or put them in your pocket.
  • Pets may get scared of the loud noises so keep them indoors in a safe room.
  • Sparklers for children are fun but don’t give them to children who are under five years old. Make sure they are wearing gloves and have a bucket of water at hand to put them in when they become too hot or are about to burn out.

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