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Bonfire safety leaflet

Please download our leaflet for more information

Disposal of fireworks
Put fully spent fireworks (not misfired or partly spent) in a refuse bin. Soak misfired,
unused or partly spent fireworks in a container of water in a safe place. Contact the
manufacturer or supplier for advice on disposal.

 

The fireworks 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


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

 

Bonfire safety tips


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.

 

Did you know?

  • On average, 127 fires in homes and buildings in the UK are started by fireworks every year.
  • The majority of firework-related injuries happen at family or private parties.
  • It is an offence to throw or discharge a firework in a street or public place and can result in prosecution and a fine of up to £5000.
  • It is against the law to carry fireworks in public if you're under 18.
  • Fireworks must not be sold to anyone who is under 18.
  • It is an offence to let fireworks off during night hours (11pm to 7am), except on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year (1am).
  • It is an offence under the Explosives Act 1875 to tamper with or modify fireworks.
  • Sparklers can reach temperatures more than 15 times hotter than boiling water.


 

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