Be safe this Bonfire Night



Bonfire night can be a fun evening for all the family to enjoy.  Attending a private bonfire and firework party means you are at a greater danger risk than that of an organised large display according to the Chief Fire Officers Association.

With sparklers reaching a temperature of up to 2,000°C , that’s hotter than a blow torch, it’s no wonder so many accidents occur.

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By following the Firework Code (shown below) your friends and family should remain safe and your event shouldn’t turn into one to remember for all the wrong reasons.

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 anything 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

Source : Chief Fire Officers Association

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