Fireworks Safety Tips

Tips on Bonfire Night to keep yourself and your pets safe

  • Keep pets indoors – most animals get very scared by the lights and noise from fireworks
  • Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire
  • Take care around bonfires – all clothes, even those labelled ‘low flammability’ can catch fire
  • Keep your pets occupied by giving them toys or food to distract them
  • Close windows and curtains so that they can’t see any flashing lights

Bonfire Night safety advice

  • Never drink alcohol if you are tending a bonfire or setting off fireworks – remember it is an offence to consume alcohol in a public place
  • To reduce the emission of harmful smoke and combustion products bonfires should comprise of untreated wood and paper based materials only
  • There is a danger of explosion from pressurised containers or sealed vessels amongst bonfire material or irresponsibly thrown on burning bonfires
  • Never throw fireworks on bonfires
  • Never use flammable liquids to ignite bonfires – use proprietary fire lighters
  • Smoke from bonfires must not pose a public nuisance, affect visibility on roads or otherwise inconvenience vehicular traffic
  • Sparks, flying embers or burning debris must not endanger nearby property
  • Never leave a burning/smouldering bonfire unsupervised – make sure it is completely extinguished


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