The majority of accidents which occur over the bonfire period
happen at private parties and each year, over half of all firework
injuries are suffered by children
It is always safer to attend an organised event, but if you are
planning on having a private celebration, please follow this
- Warn your neighbours beforehand, so that they are aware and can
make necessary preparations.
- Only burn dry material do not burn anything wet or damp as this
causes more smoke.
- Check there are no overhead cables like telephone wires above
- Build the bonfire well away from buildings, sheds, fences or
- Do not use petrol or paraffin to start the bonfire, there are
often invisible vapours on anyone handling the liquid and it can
lead to burn injuries.
- If you live in a rented property (private and social landlord)
you should get permission from them before start planning a
Once the fire is lit;
- Keep a bucket of water or garden hose to hand - in case of
- Do not leave the bonfire unattended.
- Do not leave children or pets alone by the fire and don't let
them get too close.
- Never throw fireworks into a bonfire.
Once the bonfire has died down.
Spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting and ensure it
is completely extinguished.
Follow the Firework Code
More injuries are caused by Sparklers each year than any other
firework - they burn at a temperature 15 times hotter than boiling
water & regular gloves will not protect your hand if you touch
one (you would need to wear special gloves the same as firefighters