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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


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

More Information

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