Whether you’re clearing the garden in the spring or lighting a bonfire to mark 5 November, there is some advice that you need to make sure you work safely and responsibly.
Firefighters are called out to more incidents involving garden waste, bonfires and general rubbish in the summer than at any other time of the year, and Guy Fawkes Night celebrations present another opportunity for a bonfire to spiral out of control.
If you are planning to light your own bonfire there are some environmental issues you need to be aware of, and you may want to check if there are local authority regulations in your area relating to lighting a bonfire to dispose of garden waste.
Our advice in terms of safety is very simple:
- Never use accelerants (petrol, thinners etc) to start a bonfire.
- Make sure it is well away from the house, sheds and outbuildings, fences etc.
- Never leave a bonfire unattended.
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