How safe is your Bonfire

A bonfire

When you plan your bonfire:

  • Site well away from houses, garages, sheds, wooden fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs, at least 18 metres (60 feet).
  • Build the stack so that it is stable, will not collapse and on a solid surface if possible, such as concrete or compacted bare earth.
  • Only burn dry material
  • Never burn dangerous rubbish such as aerosols, batteries, foam-filled furniture, tyres or anything containing plastic or paint
  • NEVER use flammable liquids – paraffin or petrol – to light the fire.
  • Avoid lighting a fire in unsuitable weather conditions – smoke hangs in the air on damp still days.
  • If it is too windy, smoke blows into neighbour’s gardens and windows and across roads.
  • Keep a bucket of water, the garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready.
  • Never leave a fire unattended or leave it to smoulder – pour water on the embers.
  • If the bonfire gets out of control, call the Fire and  Rescue Service (999) immediately.