Be Safe On Bonfire Night

5 November 2011, 06:00

Police and firefighters have issued warnings about the dangers of fireworks before bonfire night.

South Central Ambulance have told Heart last year they received 4 phone calls related to fireworks between the 1st and 7th of November, compared with 13 during the same period the year before.

Hampshire Police say individuals found setting of fireworks at unsocial hours could be given an £80 fixed penalty notice.

Berkshire Fire and Rescue have given this advice:

Always follow the Firework Code:

  •  Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or with a CE mark - this shows that the firework meets British or European safety standards (a reputable shop will know this).
  •  Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
  •  Keep fireworks in a closed box.
  •  Follow the instructions on each firework.
  •  Light at arm's length, using a taper.
  •  Stand well back.
  •  Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn't gone off, it could still explode.
  •  Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
  •  Always supervise children around fireworks.
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
  • Never give sparklers to a child under five
  • Keep pets indoors.


  • Build bonfires well away from buildings, fences, trees and garden structures.
  • Never burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint - many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode causing injury.
  •  Don't use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going as it could quickly get out of control.
  •  Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies.
  •  Never leave the bonfire unattended and keep children and pets away from it.
  •  Don't throw fireworks into the fire.
  •  Once the bonfire has died down, spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting.