Whether you are simply burning garden waste or celebrating bonfire night, staying safe around open fires in private gardens is of utmost importance. Preventing potentially serious personal injuries is made easier by following a few simple rules.
Top tips for preventing bonfire accidents
The simple, common-sense rules that should be applied to all types of bonfire, whether at home or in public are:
- Always position bonfires at a safe distance from houses, sheds and other outbuildings and structures, hedges, trees and so on
- Ensure the bonfire is stable and cannot cause burn injuries or fires in the adjoining area through slipping
- Never use flammable liquids to light the fire and always keep a fire extinguisher, bucket of water and/or hose pipe connected to a water outlet at hand
- Always supervise children and keep others at a safe distance from the fire
- Always ensure the fire is completely extinguished by pouring water on embers before leaving them unattended
Should fireworks be involved, it is recommended to:
- Store fireworks in a box
- Take fireworks out one at a time
- Always read and follow instructions carefully
Obviously, reading fireworks’ instructions should be done by the light of a torch, as opposed to a candle or other open flames.
Bonfires are often accompanied by offerings of food and/or drinks. Those looking after the fire should refrain from consuming excessive alcohol, and it is also important to ensure slip and trip hazards are kept at a minimum. Slip or trip injuries can have serious consequences, especially near open fires.
If you or a loved one suffered a personal injury at a bonfire through no fault of your/their own, you/they may be entitled to claim for compensation. Claiming is made simpler and more affordable by Accident Advice Helpline.
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Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice