Bonfire safety

If you’re planning on having a bonfire, ensure you make it as safe as possible for you and your family by following this advice:

  • Build your bonfirewell clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences, trees and hedges. Make sure you have a bucket of water or garden hose nearby
  • Only burn dry materials and never use flammable liquids or accelerants
  • Never leave the bonfire unattended
  • Keep your loved ones well away from the bonfire


If you are purchasing your own fireworks this year, make sure you make your own fireworks display as safe as possible:

  • Ensure they are marked with the UKCA or CE safety marks. A reputable retailer will sell fireworks that comply with this standard.
  • Keep your fireworks in a closed box or tin and out of reach of children.
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length and make sure everyone stands well back.
  • Never return to a lit firework:if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode!

Sparkler Safety

Sparklers are a fun way for children to enjoy firework celebrations but they can cause injuries if not used safely:

  • Always supervise children when using sparklers and follow the instructions on the packaging
  • Light sparklers one at a time
  • Ensure childrenarewearinggloves and keeping theirsparklers at arm’s length
  • You could even put the sparkler in the end of a carrot, making it even saferto hold!
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to put sparklers in after use

Click here to download our Fireworks Safety leaflet

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