Please follow the following advice when using fireworks.
- Only buy fireworks with a CE mark.
- Don't drink alcohol if you're setting off fireworks
- Don't set off noisy fireworks late at night and never after 11pm
- Don't buy fireworks from UNLICENCED retailers. These fireworks may be unsafe and illegal.
- Never put fireworks in your pocket.
- Never go back to a lit firework unless the instructions advise otherwise.
- Never throw fireworks; it is dangerous.
- Never give sparklers to a child under the age of 5.
- Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire.
- Only buy fireworks that comply with current safety standards.*
- Always keep fireworks in a closed box. Take them out one at a time and close the box.
- Always supervise children around fireworks
- Take care around open flames such as bonfires and barbecues. All clothes, even those labelled 'low flammability', can catch fire
- Be considerate. Let your neighbours know you will be having a display, especially if they are elderly or they have pets or children.
- Avoid setting fireworks off late at night, particularly if it is a school-night.
- Ensure your pets are safe.
- Carefully follow the instructions on EACH firework.
- Light fireworks one at a time, at the end of the fuse, and at arm’s length.
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear suitable gloves, even when lighting them.
* All fireworks supplied by BFA (British Fireworks Association) members are tested to conform to the current safety standards.
- Should be at least 18 metres (60ft) away from houses, trees, hedges, fences or sheds
- Use domestic firelighters
- Never use petrol, paraffin or other flammable liquids
The DirectGov website has information on firework safety and bonfire safety which can be accessed using the links below.