We're asking our Surrey residents to follow safety advice and act sensibly as bonfire and fireworks night approaches. With Diwali also falling on 14 November, we wish everyone celebrating a safe and happy Diwali.

With public events not taking place due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is thought that some may be tempted to hold their own displays in the garden, on a smaller scale at home. With this bringing the potential for increased risk of injury, everyone is asked to take particular care.

Surrey Police urge everyone celebrating to follow some simple advice to stay injury free and avoid the need to seek medical assistance or call 999.

If you do decide to let off fireworks in your own garden, make sure you stay safe by following the current Covid-19 restrictions in your area and the firework code.

Fireworks safety tips

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable. See information below for further details
  • Respect your neighbours – don't let off fireworks late at night and let them know you will be having a display. They may need to keep pets or livestock indoors
  • Purchase fireworks from a reputable supplier that bear the CE Mark
  • Don't use fireworks in your garden that are produced for display or professional commercial purposes
  • Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and make sure you read the instructions carefully
  • Light them at arm's length, using a taper and stand back. Make sure there are no flammable materials or plants nearby
  • Never go near a firework after it has been lit. Even if it hasn't gone off
    never throw fireworks
  • Light sparklers one at a time and always wear gloves
  • Always supervise children around fireworks and never give sparklers to a child under five
  • Keep buckets of water nearby in case of an emergency
  • Don't set off noisy fireworks late at night and never after 11pm as this is illegal.
  • Keep your pets indoors throughout the evening.

Please visit our Fireworks Page to find out the law around using fireworks as well as how to stay safe, and report those using fireworks in a dangerous or threatening way.

Bonfire safety tips

  • Bonfires can easily get out of hand and spread quickly to nearby plants, trees and garages - Keep bonfires to a manageable size and evenly built so that they collapse inwards as they burn
  • If you are having a bonfire, discuss it with your neighbours beforehand and build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees
  • Always check piles of leaves and bonfires for small animals who may have set up home inside
  • Never leave bonfires unattended. We always suggest that an adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with water
  • Ensure there is a suitable barrier around the bonfire to keep people at least five metres away and supervise children near the fire
  • Never use petrol, paraffin or any other flammable liquids on the bonfire
    keep buckets of water nearby in case of an emergency and to damp down after the event
  • Don't throw items on it like closed containers/aerosols on the fire.
  • Keep a bucket of water or hosepipe nearby in case of emergency

Remember, remember – celebrate safely.