Bonfire safety
Bonfire safety

How to have a super, safe, successful bonfire

We would always recommend attending an organised bonfire or fireworks display, there are many in Hampshire. To find your nearest event click here:

If you are planning to host your own bonfire, follow these simple steps:

  • Build the bonfire away from the house, sheds, fences, trees and overhead cables
  • Never use flammable liquids like paraffin or petrol to light the fire - it may get out of control quickly


Once the bonfire's lit make sure you...

  • Keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby - in case of emergencies 
  • Don't leave the bonfire unattended 
  • Keep children and pets away from the bonfire
  • Don't burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint - many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury


Once the bonfire has died down, spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting