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Petrol is a highly flammable liquid, and its vapour can catch fire. Together this means that storing petrol incorrectly has the potential risk of fire or serious injury.

We would always encourage people not store petrol at home. However we do recognise that it may be needed for use in household items such as lawnmowers, hedge cutters and other garden tools. If you do need to store fuel for these purposes there are some things you need to be aware of.

Not counting what is in the tank of a car or motor vehicle, up to 30 litres of petrol can be stored at home or in a non-workplace premises, as long as it its stored in:

  • A demountable fuel tank of up to 30 litres.
  • A suitable metal container of up to 20 litres.
  • A suitable plastic container of up to 10 litres.
  • Any combination of the above.

Before lighting the coals, please consider the following safety tips, so any charring remains on your burgers and bangers, and doesn’t spread further! 

In 1977, 2002 and 2012 beacons were lit to celebrate the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

There are four types of beacons which can be lit for historic occasions:

  • A free-standing beacon fuelled by bottle gas
  • A beacon brazier with a metal shield.
  • A bonfire beacon
  • A Bishops Frome strawman

Whether you are simply looking forward to spending time outdoors, or maybe planning to go camping or caravanning, we want everyone to have a good time without falling foul of seasonal risks.

Bad or adverse weather can be unpredictable and it is common to get caught out while on the road. The best way to stay safe on the road in extremely bad weather is to avoid driving at all. However, for many people we recognise that is not always possible.

Bonfires can be a fire risk, so we would always recommend looking for alternative ways to get rid of your waste. Some areas of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes are designated smoke free zones so check if a restriction is placed on your address.

If you do have a bonfire, please make sure you follow our advice:

Fires caused by smoking materials result in more deaths than any other type of fire. This is despite the overall number of people smoking cigarettes or tobacco falling. In 2020/21 smoking materials were the source of ignition in 50 per cent* of fire-related fatalities in accidental house fires.

*Data taken from the BFRS Incident Recording System from April 2020 – March 2021