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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Smoke from bonfires and wood-burners


We ask that you think carefully about the impact a bonfire may have on your neighbours' health and comfort, and avoid having bonfires during this difficult time.

Although it is not against the law to have a garden bonfire, there are laws that govern the nuisance they can cause. Read more about garden bonfire rules.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is also reminding residents about the dangers of bonfires, as they have seen an increase in fires caused by people burning waste in their gardens. Read more at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Smoke can affect some health conditions 

Breathing in smoke from bonfires, wood-burners, chimeneas, barbecues and other similar appliances can trigger or worsen symptoms in people who have respiratory or heart conditions (such as Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Bronchitis), as well as those caused by COVID-19.

People with underlying health conditions and COVID-19 symptoms are shielding or isolating at home during the current pandemic. They may be using their gardens or opening a window as their only source of fresh air.

Look after your neighbours

If you intend to light a wood-burner, chimenea, barbecue or similar appliance, think carefully before you do so. Be considerate of your neighbours and speak in advance to anyone who may be affected by your activity.

Please look after your neighbours and those around you by considering their health and comfort.

Disposing of your waste

See information on ways to dispose of waste

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