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If you are having a bonfire, to get rid of garden waste or as part of a celebration, follow our simple tips to make sure you, your property and others are safe.

Lighting bonfires or BBQs on open land
Take extra care if lighting a bonfire or BBQ near a field of dry grass or hay. It can easily ignite and put you at serious risk from the resulting fire. Check your surroundings first and make sure there is nothing flammable nearby before burning rubbish or lighting BBQs.

Building a bonfire

• Only burn dry material. Damp material 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, it may get out of control quickly.

Once the bonfire is lit, make sure you:

• keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby, in case of emergencies.
• don’t leave the bonfire unattended.
• keep children and pets away from the bonfire.
• don’t throw any fireworks into the fire.
• don’t burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint, many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury.
• spray the embers with water (once the bonfire has died down) to stop it re-igniting.


If you have concerns regarding a neighbour's nuisance bonfire, please see your local council’s website for advice.
Please note that bonfires usually have to be happening regularly to be considered a nuisance.



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