Bonfire night safety reminder Emma-Sophie Gerrish November 1, 2018November 15, 2018 After the fun of 5th November please take care when disposing of fireworks. Soak fully spent fireworks in water until drenched and then they can be disposed of in your general refuse, or once soaked they can be taken to a recycling site to be put in the general waste. Misfired or partly spent fireworks must be soaked in a container of water overnight, until properly sodden, and the manufacturer or supplier should be contacted for guidance on disposal. For further advice see the Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service or RoSPA Safer Fireworks websites. When it comes to bonfires, please never use these as an opportunity to burn wastes – rubber, foam, plastics and paints will all release toxic gases when burning. For a safe bonfire, stick to untreated wood, dry branches, and garden wastes including leaves. You can also burn cardboard boxes and paper wastes. Avoid putting on wet garden materials on the fire as they will give out more smoke. If you have a barbeque to cook your bonfire night sausages, you can dispose of the embers in your rubbish. However, ensure they are completely cool or fully damped down to avoid having a fire in your wheelie bin, in refuse trucks or at a landfill site.