Bonfire Night 2013: Do's and Don'ts

This weekend's fire show in Carlisle Credit: ITV News

Fire services across the Border region are urging people to remember the fifth of November for good reason - and not for bad ones.

Whether you are planning to go to a bonfire display tonight, or have fireworks in your own back garden, have a look at our advice on how to make the best out of your bonfire night.


  • Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time.

  • Follow the manufacturers' instructions on each firework. Read them by torchlight - never by naked flame

  • Light fireworks at arm's length using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick.

  • Stand back after lighting.

  • Keep children under control.

  • Keep pets indoors.

  • For an emergency keep buckets of water, the garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready.

  • Site bonfires well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs and always away from fireworks.

  • Before lighting the fire, check that no pets or children are hiding inside it.

  • Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side.

  • Keep everyone away from the fire - especially children, who must be supervised all the time.


  • Burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint or bottles.

  • Use flammable liquids - paraffin or petrol - to light the fire.

  • Go back to a firework once lit - it may go off in your face.

Source: Cumbria County Council