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Fireworks and bonfire safety

Fireworks should be treated with care, they are not toys. Fire can spread easily, so where and how you build your bonfire is important


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.


  • 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

More Information

The DirectGov website has information on firework safety and bonfire safety which can be accessed using the links below.