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Bonfire safety


Bonfires during the coronavirus lockdown

Do not have a bonfire during the coronavirus lockdown. Try composting your garden waste instead.

Do not call us to report someone having a bonfire unless it is an emergency.

If someone is burning bonfires regularly this may be considered a nuisance.
Check your local council website for their information on how to report nuisance bonfires.


 

Six steps to have a bonfire safely

 

1. Build your fire a safe distance away from anything that could catch on fire e.g. fences, trees, sheds or your house. Make sure it is not underneath any electricity cables.

2. Follow our advice on what you shouldn’t burn – see our ‘what not to burn’ table.

3. Tell us when you’re having a bonfire by calling on 0333 399 0014. This is so we can check in with you if we receive any 999 calls reporting a fire in the same area. This stops us from sending firefighters out to bonfires when they’re not needed.

4. Stay with your bonfire at all times. Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby. You should also have a way of calling for help nearby in case of emergencies e.g. mobile phone. Bonfires can easily spread and get out of control quicker than you may think.

5. Keep pets and children at a safe distance away from the bonfire and never leave them alone with a burning fire.

6. Make sure the fire is completely out before you leave it. Once the bonfire is finishing, spray it with water to stop it restarting. The embers can stay hot for a long time so make sure it’s cool before you leave it unattended.

What not to burn

Fuel (e.g. Petrol, Diesel)
Household rubbish (e.g. plastics)
Aerosol cans
Lighter fluid
Tyres
Fireworks
Gas canisters
Foam
Paint

Anything wet

Download our bonfire safety leaflet (PDF)

 

 

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