It is not illegal to have a bonfire in your garden, but you can be fined up to £5,000 for polluting the air with smoke from a bonfire.
For advice or help, or to complain about bonfire smoke, go to www.birmingham.gov.uk/air-quality or call 0121 303 6007.
Do not use bonfires to dispose of waste
- You can be fined up to £5,000 for polluting the air
- Bonfires can be dangerous. Fire spreads easily.
- Smoke from your bonfire can aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions
- Smoke has a very strong smell and can quickly taint neighbour's homes and washing
- Fire fighters in Birmingham are called out around ten times each day to deal with rubbish fires, making them unavailable for real emergencies.
- Never leave your bonfire unattended.
- Always fully douse your bonfire with water when you have finished, Do not leave hot ash or embers.
- Only burn dry wood or material. Wet or damp wood or other material produce lots more smoke.
- Never burn anything containing rubber, plastic, foam, paint or household rubbish.
- Never use petrol or other flammable liquids to help start your fire.
- Avoid having a bonfire on damp, still days as the smoke will hang in the air.
- Avoid days when the wind would blow your smoke into other people's property.
- Look out for hedgehogs in bonfires!
Be safe with fireworks and bonfires
Fireworks often play a big part in celebrations – like Bonfire Night, Diwali and Chinese New Year. However, fireworks are explosive and burn at extremely high temperatures. They must be handled carefully and stored properly.