Bonfire night safety

October 31, 2014 6:53 am

It’s the end of October, and so we enter the bonfire night season. There have been some extremely graphic images on the news highlighting the dangers of messing around with fireworks which show the life-changing injuries – or worse – which can come from stupidity or carelessness.

So, once again, we’d like to remind everyone about bonfire night safety. The Chief Fire Officers Association warns that the majority of accidents on bonfire night happen at private parties and that organised displays are far safer. But they recognise that some people will still hold their own festivities and have issued very good guidance on both fireworks and bonfires. This is available on its website but we’ve also published it here:

Firework Code

  • Only buy fireworks marked BS7114.
  • 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 which 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 Tips

  • Warn your neighbours beforehand so they are aware and can make necessary preparations.
  • Only burn dry material: do not burn anything which is wet of damp as it causes more smoke.
  • Check there are no cables above the bonfire.
  • Build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees.
  • Don’t use petrol or paraffin to start the fire as it can get out of control quickly.
  • 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: this could produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode.
  • Once the bonfire has died down, spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting.

And have a safe bonfire night.