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Bonfire Night Safety

Published: 09 October 2019

Bonfire crowd

Remember, remember

As we near Bonfire Night who doesn't love a blazing bonfire and a cracking fireworks display? But it's important that you stay safe so remember remember these important safety tips.

  • Sparklers can get five times hotter than cooking oil so handle with care and make sure everyone wears gloves. Adults should supervise young children and we recommend no sparklers for children under five.
  • Dispose of sparklers in a bucket of water because they stay hot for a long time.
  • Fireworks should be lit at arm's length using a taper and stand well back. Don't throw them.
  • Build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges. Check them for small animals, like hedgehogs, before lighting.
  • Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire and never burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam furniture or batteries.
  • Keep pets indoors and keep curtains closed.
  • Follow the firework code at the link below or on the fireworks you buy.
  • To make sure you and your loved ones are bonfire ready visit The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website for more information on firework safety.

Check out the Surrey Matters October special events guide which has a list of some of the Halloween, bonfire and half term events going on in Surrey.

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