Celebrate safely

Did you know?

  • 900 accidental fires in the home are started every year in England from candles and;
  • around 100 fires in homes and buildings in England are started by fireworks every year.

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, birthdays, or Diwali, dressing up for Halloween, or enjoying fireworks on bonfire night – make sure you do it safely.

You can stay safe by following simple tips and by taking precautions:

  • Always turn fairy/Christmas tree lights off and remove the plug at night, and when the room is going to be unoccupied for a length of time
  • Ensure lights carry the British Safety Standard mark.
  • 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, decorations etc., are kept well away
  • Make sure smokers extinguish their cigarettes completely
  • Take extra care after drinking alcohol
  • Push the button, not your luck – Check your smoke alarms are working and don’t be tempted to use the batteries to power any Christmas presents
  • Make your plan. Get out alive – will everyone (including guests) know where your door and window keys are kept?
  • Don’t be distracted when cooking – fire starts when your attention stops.

The Firework Code

We advise you attend organised displays as this is the safest way to enjoy fireworks! If you do have a firework display in your garden, stay safe and follow the Firework Code:

  • Only buy fireworks which comply with the British Standard (BS7114);
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Only adults should set fireworks off
  • Follow the instruction on each firework
  • Light all fireworks at arms-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 purchase fireworks.

Bonfire safety

We advise you attend an organised bonfire, but 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. hibernating animals find 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 surroundings made safe before leaving.

Only build a bonfire in your own garden. Bonfires built on open land will be removed by the council.