Firework safety

Fireworks

We want you to stay safe while enjoying fireworks, so read our top tips on fireworks safety.

Safety tips for bonfires, sparklers and fireworks

  1. If you’re having your own fireworks display, plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm
  2. Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time
  3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
  4. Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back
  5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  7. Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
  9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  10. Build your bonfire clear of buildings, sheds, fences and hedges
  11. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving
  12. Don’t leave bonfires unattended. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. It if has to be left, damp it down with water
  13. Always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of emergency

To buy and let off fireworks, you must be an adult aged 18+

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