Fire safety advice on bonfires

Bonfire safety tips

We have responded to a number of fires in the open and out-of-control bonfires in the last few weeks across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Bonfires can be a fire risk so we’d always recommend looking for alternative ways to get rid of your waste.

You could take it to a Household Waste & Recycling Centre for example.

If you do decide to have a bonfire:

  • Build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges
  • Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire and never burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam furniture or batteries
  • Don’t leave bonfires unattended. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water
  • Always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of fire
  • Check the weather – avoid lighting bonfires in high winds