Bonfire Safety Advice
The following safety advice, provided by NIFRS should be applied for anyone building or attending bonfires:
- Site the bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrub.
- As a guide allow a ratio of 1:5, ie the distance from the bonfire to the nearest property should be 5 times the height of the bonfire.
- Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse.
- Never build a hut or den inside the bonfire.
- Do not burn foam filled furniture, tyres, aerosols, tins of paint or bottles.
- Responsible adults should look after lighting the bonfire. Before lighting the fire check that no children or pets are hiding inside it.
- Never use flammable liquids (petrol or paraffin) to light the fire – use domestic firelighters.
- Keep everyone away from the fire – especially children who must be supervised at all times.
- For an emergency keep buckets of water, a garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready.
- At any sign of danger, or in the event of an emergency, ring Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service on 999 for assistance.