Bonfire Night is here and some people want to organize their own private event in the comfort of their backyard.
With families now allowed to gather at home for parties, some are planning their own bonfire night.
However, fireworks and living fires can be dangerous and there are things people should know before deciding to start one.
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Some materials and fuels that are set on fire can cause them to spiral out of control. Anyone looking to make their own campfire should be aware of the risks.
Here is everything you need to know about lighting a campfire and what not to use to light a fire.
What shouldn’t you use on a campfire?
It is against the law to burn many types of waste on campfires. Humans can only burn small amounts of paper, leaves, wood, and cardboard on campfires.
Many people put old furniture, mattresses, or clothes on campfires, but it is illegal to burn treated wood, tires, plastic, rubber, and oil. These materials can give off fumes that are harmful to the environment and human health.
Anyone caught illegally dumping waste on a campfire can face a fine of up to £ 50,000. The campfire night can give people an excuse to ditch items like mattresses, and even though it’s on a campfire, it’s still fly tipping, which is against the law.
Follow these guidelines when lighting a campfire and using fireworks:
- Fireworks may only be lit and ignited by adults. Children and adolescents should only watch them from a distance. This also applies to their disposal
- Plan your display as safely as possible
- Keep fireworks in a secure box and only light them one at a time
- Always follow the instructions for use
- Light fireworks from at least arm’s length away, use a taper, and once it’s lit, step back
- Don’t go back to a lit firework. If it doesn’t go out, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then soak it in water to make sure it’s gone out
- Always aim fireworks away from people
- Do not use paraffin or gasoline on a campfire
- After a campfire, make sure it’s completely extinguished and the area is safe
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