Firework and bonfire safety

Be fire safe this autumn

Fireworks and bonfire displays provide great entertainment as long as everyone follows the right safety procedures and remembers that fireworks can be dangerous if misused.

The safest way to enjoy these seasonal activities is to attend a professionally organised event, and we strongly encourage you to do so rather than hosting firework displays or lighting bonfires yourself.

If you choose to host a bonfire or have fireworks at home, please use common sense and follow our advice.

  • Only purchase fireworks with the CE or UKCA marks from reputable suppliers and store them in a closed box.
  • Please don't throw fireworks or store them in your pocket, ensure they are stable in the ground before lighting.
  • Ensure you have sufficient distance between spectators and the fireworks, and never go back to a firework once it has been lit, they could still explode.
  • Respect your neighbours, don't let off fireworks late at night and let them know you will be having a display as they may need to keep pets or livestock indoors.

It is important to have plenty of space around a bonfire, clear debris and foliage to prevent unwanted fire spread. Be aware of wind direction and keep a hose pipe nearby as a precaution. If attending bonfires with family or young people, please ensure that children remain a safe distance away, and keep pets inside all evening. Never leave a fire unattended and ensure that a bonfire is cool before leaving.

Should your clothes catch fire:

  • STOP where you are
  • DROP to the ground
  • ROLL around to smother the flames

If someone has been burnt, COOL the burn under running water for 20 minutes, CALL for help (in an emergency 999), and COVER with loose cling film to protect the skin.

Should an accident occur or a fire spread and become out of control, get away, stay away and call 999. More information on Bonfire and Firework safety can be found on the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service web page.

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