Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service are actively trying to reduce the number of bonfires across all Boroughs of our County. Last year we attended 473 bonfire related incidents. This is a reduction of 30% compared with the previous year.

In a concerted effort to reducing the costs and risks associated with this time of year the Fire & Rescue Service are working with Merseyside Police and would like to advise that the safest events are the organised bonfire and fireworks display in and around your area. Contact your local council website or

Have a safe and enjoyable celebration by staying safe, staying smart and staying onside.

The majority of accidents happen at private parties. Organised displays will be safer than having a party of your own. If you do hold your own party, make sure you follow the firework code, shown below.

Bonfire Safety Tips

If you have a bonfire, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Bonfires can only be held on private land with the owners permission
  • Warn your neighbours beforehand – so they are aware and can make necessary preparations
  • Only burn dry material, do not burn anything which is wet or damp, this causes more smoke
  • Check there are no cables (telephone wires etc.) above the bonfire
  • Build the bonfire well away from buildings, sheds, fences and trees
  • Do not use petrol or paraffin to start the fire it can get out of control quickly

Once the bonfire is lit, make sure you:

  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby – in case of emergencies
  • Do not leave the bonfire unattended
  • Keep children and pets away from the bonfire
  • Do not throw any fireworks into the fire
  • Do not burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint – this could produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury
  • Once the bonfire has died down, spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting and ensure it is completely extinguished

Links to external websites:

ROSPA Bonfire Safety –

Gardens Bonfires –