Five top tips to make your Guy Fawkes Night a cracker

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Bonfire Night can be a blast, but it’s important to be safe as we mark the 414th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot. Here are some things for you to remember, remember this fifth of November.

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Be considerate of your neighbours

Although you’re not allowed to light bonfires or let off fireworks in communal areas of A2Dominion properties (this includes shared gardens and courtyards), you can do so on your own property.

What does the law say?

There are 2 things to keep in mind if you’re planning your own fireworks spectacular:

  • You’re not allowed to set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places, and
  • You’re not allowed to let off fireworks after 11pm.

Handle your fireworks safely

Make sure you buy your fireworks from a reputable retailer and store them properly. Light them at arm’s length, using a taper, and point them away from buildings or other people. Don’t go near a firework once it’s lit as it could still explode.

Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from them. Shut your windows and doors so lit fireworks don’t accidentally end up indoors.

Sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 1000°C, which means they are not suitable for children under 5, and certainly not suitable for indoor use.

What about bonfires?

The London Fire Brigade recommend at least 18m of clearance around a bonfire. If you do have a bonfire, assuming you have the space, never leave a burning or smouldering fire unattended. Keep a bucket of water, or a hose at hand to control the fire if needs be.

Don’t light the fires using flammable liquids, and don’t throw fireworks onto it.

Let someone else do the hard work

Why put on your own fireworks display when you can go to one of the hundreds of organised events all over the country?