This time of year is one of the busiest for firefighters, as they often have to deal with nuisance, deliberate fires.
We want you to enjoy celebrations, but to do so safely.
We would always recommend going to an organised bonfire or firework display as it is much safer to do so.
Dates will be added here in the run up to bonfire night.
If you would like to add an organised event to the list please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org
However, if you're thinking of organising your own bonfire as part of your celebrations, please follow our safety advice below to ensure that everyone has a good time - while staying safe.
Never use flammable liquids - paraffin or petrol - to light the fire
Position the bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs – and always away from fireworks
Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side
Don't burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint and bottles
Keep everyone away from the fire - especially children, who must be supervised at all the times
In case of emergency, keep buckets of water, the garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready for use
If you plan on using fireworks then always buy them from a reputable retailer to make sure that they conform to British standards. You can check this by making sure the fireworks have BS 7114 written on the box.
Make sure you follow the below safety advice to make sure you keep yourself and your family and friends safe.
Stand well back
Keep pets indoors
Keep fireworks in a closed box
Only buy fireworks that are CE marked
Light at arm's length, using a taper
Follow the instructions on each firework
Never give sparklers to a child under five
Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
Always supervise children around fireworks
Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
Never go near a firework that has been lit - even if it hasn't gone off it could still explode. Pour water on the embers before leaving
If you or anyone else gets into difficulty remember:
Always remember, if your clothing catches fire - STOP, DROP and ROLL.
If your clothes catch fire, running around won't help. You must always stop, drop to the ground (cover you face with your hands) and roll over and over. Make sure you roll over a few times, to ensure that you put the fire out.
This video explains how to stop, drop and roll:
Good first aid following a burn or scald can make an enormous difference in recovery times and the severity of scarring. Remember to COOL, CALL, COVER.
First aid advice from the British Burn Association:
Cool the burn with running cold tap water for 20 minutes and remove all clothing and jewellery (unless it is melted or firmly stuck to the wound).
Call for help: 999, 111 or local GP for advice.
Cover with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth. Make sure the patient is kept warm.
This video explains how to cool, call, cover
If you do spot a build-up of rubbish, intended to be used as a bonfire, please report it to the local council immediately.
Cheshire West and Chester - 0300 123 7026 - street care option 2.
Halton - 0303 333 4300
Cheshire East - 0300 123 5011
Warrington - 01925 443322 Press 5 2 2.
Last updated: Thursday, 11 May 2023