GOOD BONFIRE GUIDELINES
- Please only burn dry material. This will minimise the amount of smoke that your bonfire produces.
- NEVER burn toxic rubbish, such as anything containing or made of rubber, plastic, paint, foam or household rubbish.
- NEVER use old engine oil, methylated spirit, petrol or any flammable substance to light the bonfire or encourage it.
- Avoid lighting a fire in unsuitable weather conditions - smoke will hang in the air on damp, still days and in the evening. If it is windy smoke may blow into neighbouring gardens and across roads, thereby causing a nuisance.*
- PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SOCIETY IS LIABLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF MEMBERS IN A CASE OF CAUSING A NUISANCE, IF THE COUNCIL PROSECUTE.
- Please avoid burning on Sundays or Bank Holidays when people with allotments or housing near your plot want to enjoy their gardens. Many of the complaints received are about washing being contaminated by smoke, with this in my mind can we please ask that you limit bonfires to the late afternoon or early evening
- Avoid burning when the air quality in your area is 'poor' or 'very poor'. You can check this by calling the Pollution Bulletin Service on 0800 556677. You will be asked to give your telephone dialling code for the area for a bulletin which is updated every hour.
- NEVER leave a bonfire unattended or smouldering. Douse with water if in doubt.
- The burning of animal or poultry carcasses is strictly prohibited under DEFRA rules.
*Under the Environmental Protection Act, a statutory nuisance includes:
'smoke, fumes or gases emitted from premises so as to be prejudicial to health or a nuisance'.
Please note that the those guidelines which state NEVER are for the health and safety of yourself and others
If you have any questions regarding the above guidance please ask your Field Steward for further advice.
Thank you for your co-operation in observing this advice which will help to improve relations between the society, its members and its resident neighbours.
Most of these guidelines are recommended by NSCA (National Society for Clean Air)