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    Esther Rantzen

    Objects you should never put on a bonfire


    There are some things that you should never put on a bonfire. Often, November the 5th is seen as an opportunity to get rid of unwanted household waste. Contributions to community bonfires are numerous and varied.

    However, it is essential that someone who knows what they are doing is in charge. Putting the wrong thing on a bonfire can cause a serious bonfire accident and injuries.

    What are some of the things I should never put on a bonfire?

    • PlasticLet’s start with the most obvious. Virtually everyone knows that burning plastic is a major health and safety no-no. Plastic products produce toxic fumes when they burn. At best, plastic on a bonfire will produce a seriously unpleasant smell. At worst, the poisonous fumes will cause lung damage.
    • Coloured paperThis one is less obvious, but every bit as dangerous. The ink used in wrapping paper and magazines can give off toxic fumes when burned. Paper also burns very quickly, meaning your bonfire can spiral out of control all too easily.
    • Painted woodAgain, painted, stained and treated wood will give off toxic fumes in a bonfire. Varnished wood, for example, will give off toxins and carcinogens.
    • AccelerantsPetrol, gasoline, kerosene and other accelerants are highly flammable. Trying to start or boost a bonfire with these risks unexpectedly large flare-ups.
    • AerosolsAnother one that may seem obvious, but is worth mentioning anyway. Not only will aerosols give off fumes, they will also explode in a fire. Bonfire safety 101 is avoiding explosions.
    • FireworksOnly someone with no sense of danger would actually physically put fireworks in a bonfire. However, you also need to ensure that they are kept far enough away that flying embers and sparks won’t accidentally ignite the fuses. Fireworks and bonfires go hand in hand, but not that close.

    The majority of community bonfires are organised by councils and other local bodies. This means they are overseen by qualified fire safety professionals. Measures are put in place to ensure the night goes off with the right kind of bang. These precautions include barriers around the fire so children can’t get too close. It also means the materials put on the fire are checked.

    Making a claim

    If you are injured in a bonfire accident because of negligence, call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our expert advisors can get your compensation claim started. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.

    Date Published: April 18, 2017

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    Author: Accident Advice

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