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Bonfire Night Safety Advice Issued For Yorkshire Coast Residents

Bonfire Night Safety Advice Issued For Yorkshire Coast Residents

Published by Karen Liu at 6:02am 5th November 2019. (Updated at 8:54am 5th November 2019)

Residents on the Yorkshire Coast are being asked to take care on bonfire night.

Advice is being issued by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

Both are asking people to attend organised events, where the fireworks are handled by professionals.

To find out where events are being held near you, click here.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service says their message is to enjoy the celebrations, but do so carefully and responsibly.

If you do plan to celebrate with your own firework display and/or bonfire, here are their advice:

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
  • Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
  • Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
  • Always supervise children with sparklers, never give them to children under 5.
  • Put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of sand or water.
  • Check for hedgehogs and other wildlife before lighting your bonfire.
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
  • Don't build bonfires close to trees, hedges or sheds.
  • Don't leave bonfires unattended.
  • Make sure that the bonfire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service say bonfires and fireworks are an enjoyable time of year for almost everyone. 

It said:

"Remember however that not everyone shares the enthusiasm. The elderly, vulnerable, very small children and even pets might not share the excitement, so keep your outdoor celebrations safe this year."

Here are their tips:


  • Keep everyone at a safe distance from anything burning
  • Always have anything burning on a safe surface away from the house, fences, sheds or trees etc.
  • Always check bonfires for nesting animals and other wildlife before lighting
  • Whoever is supervising the fire should not drink alcohol
  • Never leave bonfires unattended
  • Always have water or sand handy in case the fire becomes large
  • If the fire becomes out of control, call 999 immediately. Do not try to tackle it yourself

Bonfire guidelines

  • Only burn dry materials
  • Never burn household rubbish, rubber tyres, or anything containing plastic, foam or paint
  • Items such as these should be taken to a council run waste facility
  • Never use highly flammable liquids to light bonfires
  • Never put aerosols or pressurised containers on a bonfire


  • Attend an organised display if possible (find one near you)
  • Keep everyone at a safe distance during celebrations
  • If your clothes do catch fire STOP, DROP and ROLL
  • Never leave fireworks unattended
  • Keep fireworks in a metal box with a lid
  • Use a torch to read instructions – never a candle or lighter!
  • Use a taper to light fireworks
  • Never go back to a firework once it has been lit
  • Keep pets inside during bonfire and firework celebrations
  • If using sparklers, always wear gloves


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