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The time of getting out and tidying the garden before the growing season is upon us; if you are planning on building a bonfire, please consider your neighbours.
DO’S and DON’TS
DO advise your nearest neighbours before you light a bonfire so they can be prepared for any minor inconvenience that may arise.
DO burn material quickly in small quantities so the minimum amount of smoke is created.
DO choose your bonfire site carefully, well away from trees, fences and windows.
DON’T burn damp grass clippings or other ‘green’ material as this creates thick smoke.
DON’T burn any oily rags, rubber, plastics, damp garden waste or other materials which would create heavy smoke or toxic fumes
DON’T light a bonfire when your neighbours have washing drying, or are out enjoying their gardens or have windows wide open.
DON’T light bonfires one hour before dusk, or leave them burning overnight. Choose the time of day and weather conditions that will cause the least inconvenience to neighbours. Contrary to popular belief, evenings are rarely a good time for bonfires as atmospheric conditions can cause smoke to hang in the air for most of the night
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