Stay safe on bonfire night
Fireworks are fun to
watch but can be very dangerous. When not handled correctly
they can injure people and animals. It is much safer to
attend an organised display.
If you are an adult and want to buy your own fireworks, only do
so from a licensed retailer that complies with British Standards
7114. Never buy illegal fireworks.
Only buy fireworks in full packs and make sure they are not
damaged in anyway.
Read the instructions and manufacturers guidelines carefully
before use and store fireworks safely, away from naked flames and
Fireworks can only be bought:
- between 15 October and 10 November
- between 26 December and 31 December
- three days before Diwali and Chinese New Year
Tips from Trading Standards on buying
Firework safety for home displays
Fireworks can be let off until 11pm except:
- until midnight on Bonfire Night (5 November)
- until 1am on New Year’s Eve (31 December 2012), Diwali (13
November 2012) and Chinese New Year (10 February 2013)
If you break the law and use fireworks in a way that causes a
nuisance, you could face a fine of £80
Only one person should be in charge of fireworks and plan the
display in advance, in the daylight, to make it is safe and
enjoyable for everyone.
On the night, you will need:
- A torch
- A bucket or two of water
- Eye protection and thick gloves
- A bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in
- Suitable supports and launchers if you’re setting off Catherine
wheels or rockets.
Make sure you take all the necessary precautions and don’t drink
any alcohol before handling fireworks.
- Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well
- Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from
- Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
- Don't put fireworks in the pockets of clothing and never throw
- Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
Disposal of fireworks
Never put fireworks, even those which are fully spent, on a
Put fully spent fireworks (but not misfired or partly spent
fireworks) in refuse receptacles; don’t bury them in the
Soak misfired or partly spent fireworks in a container of water
in an area where they cannot be tampered with (preferably away from
the display site) and contact the manufacturer or supplier for
advice on correct disposal.
We want spectators, especially children, to enjoy fireworks but
they need to know that they can be dangerous when not handled
Keep spectators far enough away from where the fireworks are to
be lit and where debris is likely to fall, making sure this area is
One person should be responsible for the bonfire on the
Choose a site away from wooden fences, sheds and well away from
where children will be playing.
Check the bonfire before lighting it, so that you are sure there
is no wildlife sheltering in it.
Make sure children are supervised at all times.
Never pour petrol or other lighter fuels onto a fire; it’s safer
to use fire lighters to prevent flare-ups.
Keep a bucket of water handy in case of an accident.
Avoid wearing loose clothing and tie back long hair.
After the party, pour water on the fire, making sure it is
completely extinguished and the surroundings are made safe before
leaving the site.
Did you know that sparklers get five times hotter than cooking
oil? Sparklers are not toys and should never be given to a child
under the age of five.
Make sure everyone handling sparklers wears gloves and holds the
sparklers at arms length while they are alight
Don’t wave sparklers close to other people and never hold a baby
in your arms while you are holding a sparkler.
When the sparkler has finished put it in a bucket of cold water
to fully extinguish it.
Neighbours and Animal Welfare
Let your neighbours know if you are planning a fireworks party,
they may have pets which need to be kept indoors. In rural areas
this could include larger animals such as horses and donkeys in
In addition it would be courteous to let elderly neighbours and
families with young children know there may be some loud bangs for
a period of time.
Remember…fireworks can be fun but have consideration for
others and stay safe!