Did you know?
- Approximately 900 accidental fires in the home start every year in England from candles.
- Around 100 fires in homes and buildings in England are started by fireworks every year.
Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, birthdays, Diwali, Halloween, or enjoying fireworks on bonfire night – make sure you do it safely.
Tips to stay safe
You can stay safe by following simple tips and by taking precautions.
- Always turn fairy and Christmas tree lights off and remove the plug at night, and when the room will be unoccupied for a length of time.
- Do not overload plug sockets.
- Ensure candles are in proper holders so they can’t fall over, and do not leave lit candles unattended for any length of time.
- Make sure open fires are well guarded and that wrapping paper and decorations are kept well away.
- Make sure smokers put out their cigarettes completely.
- Take extra care after drinking alcohol.
- Push the button, not your luck and check your smoke alarms are working. Don’t be tempted to use the batteries to power any Christmas presents
- Make a plan for getting out of your home safely in case of an emergency. Make sure everyone including guests know where all window and door keys are kept.
- Don’t be distracted when cooking – fire starts when your attention stops.
The Firework Code
We advise you to attend organised displays as this is the safest way to enjoy fireworks. In light of Covid-19 guidelines and many organised displays being cancelled this year, if you do decide to have a firework display in your garden, stay safe and follow the Firework Code:
- only buy fireworks which display the CE mark
- keep fireworks in a closed box
- only adults should set fireworks off
- follow the instructions on each firework
- light all fireworks at arm’s-length
- stand well back
- always supervise children around fireworks and sparklers
- keep pets indoors
- never go back to a lit firework
- never put fireworks in your pocket
- never throw fireworks
- don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
- don’t let off fireworks after 11pm
Only people aged 18 or over can legally buy fireworks.
We would usually advise you to attend an organised bonfire however due to Covid-19 guidelines, if you do decide to hold your own there are safety tips to consider:
- your bonfire must be built and supervised by an adult
- build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences, trees and hedges
- check your bonfire thoroughly in daylight, but as late as you can before lighting.
- check for hibernating animals such as hedgehogs - piles of warm, dry material are good accommodation for their winter sleep
- only burn wood, never burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam furniture or batteries
- never use flammable liquids to start your bonfire
- keep a bucket of water or hosepipe nearby
- never leave your bonfire unattended
- only use water to put your bonfire out
- ensure your fire is out properly and you make the surroundings safe before you leave
- only build a bonfire in your own garden, we council will remove bonfires built on open land
Remember, if you do have a bonfire or fireworks in your garden, continue to adhere to the latest Covid-19 guidelines.