Bonfires, either in the garden or at organised displays can be fun when enjoyed safely.



We recommend always attending organised bonfires but, if you’re thinking of having a bonfire in your garden, please follow the safety advice below to make it as safe as possible:

  • always site bonfires well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, trees and anything that could catch fire
  • build your bonfire carefully to ensure it won’t collapse to one side when lit
  • never use flammable liquids such as paraffin or petrol to light the fire
  • keep buckets of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of emergency – but call 999 immediately if the fire gets out of hand
  • keep people, especially children, away from the fire. If children are present, supervise them at all times
  • don’t burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, bottles or paints
  • never leave a bonfire unattended
  • always pour water over embers to ensure they’re fully extinguished before leaving them.