Bonfire Safety Tips

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Building a bonfire.

  • warn your neighbours beforehand – they are much less likely to complain.
  • light the bonfire at a time least likely to affect your neighbours – for example, not on a warm day when people will be in their garden.
  • only burn dry material not damp, which causes more smoke.
  • build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees.
  • check there are no cables, like telephone wires, above the bonfire.
  • don’t use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going as it may get out of control quickly.
  • as a rule of thumb the bonfire should be a minimum of five times its height from property.