Tips to stay safe on bonfire night
If you’re having a bonfire or doing fireworks at home, follow our simple tips to make sure you stay safe whilst having fun.
- Make sure your garden is big enough – bonfires should be at least 18 metres clear of any objects
- Only use proprietary fire lighters to ignite bonfires, never use flammable liquids
- Light fireworks at arm’s length using a taper and don’t go near a firework once it’s lit as it could still explode
- Always keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time
- Never drink alcohol if you are tending a bonfire or setting off fireworks
- Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from the bonfire or fireworks
- Handle sparklers with care – they can reach temperatures of up to 1,000C and are not suitable for children under five-years-olds
- Most, if not all, pets loathe fireworks so keep them inside and make sure they have a place to hide
- Shut all windows and doors so lit fireworks don’t land or go into your home
- Never leave a burning or smouldering bonfire unsupervised – make sure it’s completely out before you go
In the event of an emergency dial 999.