Fireworks exploding in the sky from an organised display
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Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service

Bonfire Night 
Safety
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Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents to take precautions and plan ahead for Bonfire Night.


In what’s the busiest time of year for our crews, we always recommend residents visit organised public displays which are much safer, more spectacular and more cost effective.

We know of a number of events planned across the county, and it’s worth checking locally for more details.

Organised displays in Northumberland

(Please click on the links above for official websites, or event posters)

Safety at home

Remember you are only permitted to build a bonfire on private land, leaving at least 18 metres distance from buildings, trees, electrical items and telephone lines.

The only safe fuel sources to use for a bonfire are wood, paper, cardboard and foliage. Under no circumstances should aerosols, tyres, plastics or anything containing foam or paint be used on the fire, as these produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode.

Top 10 safety tips

  1. Avoid wearing loose clothing or clothing that is labelled as ‘highly flammable’.

  2. Always wear gloves when handling sparklers and fireworks.

  3. Always have buckets of water ready to put out small fires or cool sparklers.

  4. Make sure children are supervised around fireworks and bonfires.

  5. Never drink alcohol if you are setting off fireworks.

  6. Keep animals indoors and close curtains.

  7. Only purchase fireworks that are sold by a registered seller.

  8. Follow instructions carefully and light fireworks at arm’s length.

  9. Ensure spectators stand back from bonfires and fireworks.

  10. Never go back to a firework that has been lit, even if it hasn’t gone off.