Garden & Commercial Bonfires
Bonfires can be very irritating to neighbours. Smoke prevents people from enjoying their gardens, opening windows or hanging washing out.
Bonfires cause air pollution. Burning garden waste produces smoke, especially if it is damp and smouldering. Burning plastics, rubber or painted materials not only creates an unpleasant smell but also produces a range of poisonous compounds that add to the general background level of air pollution. Smoke may cause problems for asthmatics, bronchitis sufferers, children and those with heart and lung problems.
Weather conditions can make matters works. If the air is still, smoke will linger in the air. If it is windy, smoke may blow into neighbouring properties and across roads.
Bonfires can be dangerous. Fire can spread to fences or buildings and scorch trees and plants.
Piles of garden waste are often used as a refuge by animals, wildlife and pets could be trapped inside and injured or killed
Last Updated: 14/07/2016