Bonfire safety

Bonfire safety

If you are having a bonfire, whether it’s to get rid of garden waste or part of a celebration, like Halloween, take care. Follow the simple tips below to make sure you, and others, are safe.

Building a bonfire

Fire can spread easily, so where and how you build your bonfire is important. If you have a bonfire, follow these simple guidelines:

  • warn your neighbours beforehand – they are much less likely to complain
  • light the bonfire at a time least likely to affect your neighbours – for example, not on a warm day when people will be in their garden
  • only burn dry material not damp, which causes more smoke
  • build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees
  • check there are no cables, like telephone wires, above the bonfire
  • don’t use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going as it may get out of control quickly
  • as a rule of thumb the bonfire should be a minimum of five times its height from property

Bonfire safety tips

Once the bonfire is lit, make sure you:

  • keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies
  • don’t leave the bonfire unattended…

Continue reading this article for more safety tips.



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