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Belated bonfire night celebrations this weekend? Follow these safety tips...


The majority of accidents happen at private parties. Organised displays will be safer than having a party of your own. If you do hold your own party, make sure you follow the firework code, shown below.

Firework Code

  • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114
  • Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Light them at arm's length, using a taper
  • Stand well back
  • Never go near a firework that has been lit
  • Even if it hasn't gone off, it could still explode
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
  • Always supervise children around fireworks
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
  • Never give sparklers to a child under five
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Don't let off fireworks after 11pm

Bonfire Safety Tips

If you have a bonfire, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Warn your neighbours beforehand - so they are aware and can make necessary preparations
  • Only burn dry material, do not burn anythign which is wet or damp, this causes more smoke
  • Check there are no cables (telephone wires etc) above the bonfire
  • Build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees
  • Don't use petrol or paraffin to start the fire it can get out of control quickly

Once the bonfire is lit, make sure you:

  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby - in case of emergencies
  • Don't leave the bonfire unattended
  • Keep children and pets away from the bonfire
  • Don't throw any fireworks into the fire
  • Don't burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint - this could produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury
  • Once the bonfire has died down, spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting.

Further information on the Chief Fire Officers' Association website