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Garden Bonfires Safety Advice

Garden fires can easily get out of control, especially when it is dry or windy.

Every year we attend fires in gardens that have accidentally got out of control and spread, setting fire to trees, fences and even buildings. 

If you do have a garden bonfire, please follow our safety advice.

  • Site bonfires away from trees, shrubs, fences, garden structures and buildings.
  • Don’t light bonfires on a gusty day as they will burn more fiercely and can flare up unexpectedly.
  • Make sure garden fires are contained, ideally in an incinerator or fire pit, and can’t spread.
  • Only add fuel (cuttings, branches, etc.) a bit at a time.
  • Don’t use flammable liquids like petrol or paraffin to start fires.
  • Have a garden hose handy in case of emergencies.
  • Make sure the fire is fully extinguished, with no hot embers, before you leave it.
  • Think of your neighbors and ensure smoke from bonfires doesn’t affect them.

 

Bonfire safety and the law

There are no laws against having bonfires in your garden but there are laws for the nuisance they may cause.  More information can be found on bonfire safety & the law 

Most nuisance complaints will be dealt with by the environmental health department of your district or city  council. 

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