The safest place to enjoy a bonfire and fireworks is at a large public display, but if you’re planning on having a bonfire at home here's some advice on how to make the occasion safe for friends and family.
- Build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees
- Make sure there are no cables above the bonfire (such as a telephone wires)
- Only burn dry material
- Don’t use petrol or paraffin as ignition as it may quickly get out of control and cause fire or explosions
- Keep water or a hose nearby for emergencies
- Don’t burn any dangerous rubbish such as aerosols, tyres, canisters containing paint or foam, or foam filled furniture.
- When the bonfire has died down, spray with water to prevent it from reigniting
Be sure to warn your neighbours beforehand, and make sure to light the bonfire at a time that will least affect them!