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Garden bonfires

 

If you are having a bonfire, to get rid of garden waste or as part of a celebration, follow our simple tips to make sure you, your property and others are safe.

Building a bonfire


• Only burn dry material. Damp material causes more smoke.
• Build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees.
• Check there are no cables, like telephone wires, above the bonfire.
• Don’t use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going, it may 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, many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury.
• spray the embers with water (once the bonfire has died down) to stop it re-igniting.

 

If you have concerns regarding a neighbour's nuisance bonfire, please see your local council’s website for advice.
Please note that bonfires usually have to be happening regularly to be considered a nuisance.

 

 

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