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Think safety first - firework and bonfire guidance



Guidance for using fireworks or lighting bonfires.

Can I have a bonfire or set off fireworks?

You’re not allowed to set off fireworks or light bonfires in the communal areas of any Clarion property.

Firework safety

If you plan to set off fireworks on your own property, only use fireworks bought from reputable suppliers that display a CE mark and the safety code BS 7114. Keep fireworks in a closed box, well away from open flames or cigarettes. Never keep them in your pocket.

When you light your fireworks point them away from people and follow the instructions on the packaging. Light them at arm’s length using a taper, then stand well back. If you’ve lit a firework, it could still explode, even if it looks like it hasn’t gone off, so keep away from it.

Wear gloves when using sparklers and keep a bucket of water nearby to dispose of used sparklers. Only light one sparkler at a time. Never give a sparkler to a child under five.

Bonfire safety

If you plan to have a bonfire on your own property, position it well away from buildings, sheds, fences, trees, or any telephone wiring or cables.

Never use paraffin or petrol to start a fire – this is very dangerous.

Only burn dry materials on a bonfire. Things that are wet, like damp wood or grass, can cause excessive smoke. Don’t burn aerosols, tyres, canisters, or anything containing foam or paint on a bonfire – these give off toxic fumes and can explode.

Make sure you keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case the bonfire gets out of control. Wet the embers afterwards to stop the fire from starting up again.

Keep children and pets away from fires.