Stay safe this Bonfire Night
We recommend that you visit an organised display this Bonfire Night. But if you are planning a bonfire party, here are a few tips to keep you safe.
Recycle rather than burn
Before lighting a fire ask yourself is there a safer way of getting rid of your waste? Most local authorities have services for collecting garden waste, which is safer than burning materials. It is an offence to burn domestic waste if it causes a nuisance or health hazard. Many local authorities also offer a bulky waste collection service for old furniture at a small cost. If your furniture is in reasonable condition, there are many charitable organisations who will collect these items. Check your local council website for details of garden waste and bulky item collections in your area.
Things to be aware of
- Keep your fire away from trees, fences and buildings.
- Never use oil or petrol to light a fire — you could harm yourself and damage the environment.
- Never leave a fire unattended or leave it to smoulder — put it out.
- Only burn dry material.
- Never burn household rubbish, rubber tyres, or anything containing plastic, foam or paint.
- Avoid lighting a fire in unsuitable weather conditions — smoke hangs in the air on damp, still days. If it is too windy, smoke can blow into neighbouring gardens and windows.
- Avoid burning when air pollution levels in your area are high or very high.