Bonfires and fireworks


All fireworks are dangerous. Many can be lethal.

We would always recommend attending an organised event.

If your family is planning a display for yourselves and friends, remember to follow these rules.

  • Never throw fireworks.
  • Never give sparklers to children under five.
  • Never light more than one sparkler at a time and always wear gloves.
  • Never go back to a firework once lit - it may go off in your face.
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket.
  • Always stand back from a lit firework.

Advice for parents and adults

  • Always keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time.
  • Always follow the instructions on each firework.  Read the instructions by torch light - never using a match or naked flame.
  • Always light fireworks at arm's length, using a safety firework lighter or a taper.
  • Always keep a bucket of water handy.
  • Always keep pets indoors.
  • Always supervise children around fireworks.


Bonfires should always be at least 18 metres away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees, shrubs and hedges and always away from fireworks.

Everyone should keep away from the fire, especially young children who must be supervised at all times.

Adults should never use flammable liquids, such as paraffin or petrol to light the fire and should never burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint or bottles.