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10 things to do before your Bonfire Night Party

October 16, 2023

How to prepare for a Bonfire Night Party

A bonfire night party is a great way to gather friends and family members. These are however high-risk events; it is necessary to purchase comprehensive insurance and to be prepared.

At Insure Our Event, we have provided 10 things to remember to do before hosting your own bonfire night party.

1. Arrange your insurance

The first thing to do before your bonfire party is to properly arrange your insurance. This is because you have the potential to lose out as soon as you agree to purchase services or invite guests. Public indemnity cover and Cancellation cover will protect your finances in case of illness, bad weather or injury.

The risks of running a party also include any staff members and hired equipment. Employers’ liability insurance and Event equipment cover will ensure you are covered from the moment you agree to employ equipment and staff. Staff can fall ill, cancel and equipment can break, so cover your finances in case this were to happen.

Of course, most events will not need these extensive cover options, as there will be no staff, volunteers or hired equipment – which is why Insure Our Event’s flexible quotations work best. Save money by inputting your details into our online quote form and recieve a bespoke quote tailored to your needs.

2. Conduct a firework safety risk assessment

To help you to identify and control the hazards posed by hosting a fireworks display or bonfire, you should carry out a risk assessment in advance. This should involve:

  • Identifying the fire hazards
  • Identifying where people could be at risk
  • Identify where buildings, equipment or third-party structures could be at risk
  • Have preventative measures in place
  • Review preventative methods to ensure they work effectively

To do a full risk assessment, contact your insurance provider today. Insure Our Event will provide you with resources to comprehensively assess and improve the safety of your event.

Learn more about risk assessments for businesses on bonfire night here

3. Only burn suitable materials

Do not burn domestic waste on a bonfire or fire pit. Rubbish and plastics if burned will be harmful when to your guest’s health. Rules on garden bonfires are set by the government.

Suitable materials for a bonfire include:
  • Woods such as alder cedar oak pecan and fruit woods
  • Paper, unlaminated
  • Card and cardboard
  • Leaves and cuttings

4. Keep fireworks in a closed box

If you are planning to have fireworks at your event, you must ensure that at all times they are kept safe. They must not be placed near the lighters or any flammable equipment. The box should be a metal box with a lid.

For more firework safety advice, read our article: Tips for running a safe firework event

5. Never use petrol or dangerous liquids to light fires

Petrol, alcohols or other dangerous liquids can cause you to quickly lose control. Fire should be started safely by someone who knows what they are doing. Use the correct firelighters and be patient.

6. Inform local authorities of your bonfire night party

If your event is being run near to shops, outlets, police stations, fire stations and similar, they should be made aware prior to the event. This is to reduce the likelihood of unwarranted disturbances and as good general practice. For larger events, it is mandatory the police and fire stations be made aware 28 days prior.

7. Supervise children at all times

Remind all parents and guardians to supervise their children at all times as bonfire night parties carry a range of dangers for investigative hands.

8. If you are providing sparklers at your bonfire night party, also provide gloves

As well as a water bucket, gloves need to be provided with sparklers. Sparklers can reach temperatures of 1600 °C and can be very dangerous.

9. Appoint a person in charge of the bonfire or fireworks

Only one person should be in charge of the bonfire fire pit or fireworks, and they cannot drink alcohol. Alcohol should also be kept well away from the fire or fireworks.

10. Do not set off fireworks between 11pm – 7am

This excludes Bonfire Night, where the limit is 12pm – 7am. If you are having fireworks at your bonfire night party, make sure you set them off before 11pm.

For comprehensive insurance quote for your bonfire night party, fill out our quote form here.

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