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Fireworks and Bonfires

Using fireworks safely

Fireworks should be treated with care, they are not toys. Follow the following advice when using fireworks.

  • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114
  • Don't drink alcohol if you're setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Light fireworks at arm's length, using the taper provided
  • Stand well back
  • Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn't gone off it could still explode
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
  • Always supervise children around fireworks
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
  • Never give sparklers to a child under five
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Don't set off noisy fireworks late at night and never after 11pm
  • Take care around open flames such as bonfires and barbecues. All clothes, even those labelled 'low flammability', can catch fire
  • See the Department of Trade & Industry's website for more information.

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