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Bonfire and Firework Safety

With Bonfire Night around the corner, we advise everyone to only attend organised bonfire events.

Please remember that bonfires are not permitted on any Community Gateway land, including your garden. It is important to us that all our tenants feel safe and secure in their homes and bonfires can be very dangerous and may put homes and lives at risk. Please be responsible this bonfire season by not leaving anything in your garden that could be gathered to create a bonfire.

Here’s how everyone can stay safe.

  • Only buy from licensed sellers - Check before you buy. Make sure you buy fireworks from a licensed retailer, both in-store and online. Do not buy fireworks from unknown retailers on social media sites. It’s illegal for under 18s to buy or carry fireworks.
  • Store fireworks safely - Store fireworks in their original packaging. Lock them away from children and animals. Keep fireworks dry and away from sources of heat and ignition. 
  • Check your timings - Did you know that you can’t let fireworks off between 11pm and 7am? The only exceptions are on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year's Eve, and Chinese New Year (1am).
  • Read all the instructions - The box of fireworks will tell you important things like how far people need to stand back once the firework is lit. Make sure to read all the safety warnings. If you don’t understand the instructions and warnings, don’t use the firework.
  • Keep pets indoors - Dogs and cats might be scared and should be kept inside with somewhere to hide. Give small animals who live outside lots of extra bedding and nesting material to burrow in.
  • Dispose of fireworks safely - Ensure the fireworks are out, soak them in water, then put them in a rubbish bag and in the bin.

Find out more about firework safety here.