Every year across the UK thousands of children and adults enjoy fireworks on different occasions.
We advise everyone to attend an organised firework display as this is the safest way to enjoy them. Please read our safety tips and view safety videos below.
1. Only buy fireworks which comply with the British Standard (B7114).
2. Follow the Firework Code
- Keep fireworks in a closed box
- Follow the instructions on each firework
- Light all fireworks at arms length
- Stand well back
- Never go back to a lit firework
- Never put fireworks in your pocket
- Never throw fireworks
- Keep pets indoors
3. Take extra care with children and sparklers!
Over half the injuries every year are to children under the age of 15. The most common injuries are to the hand, wrists and eyes and most of these are caused by sparklers:
- Always supervise children with sparklers
- Teach them to hold the sparkler at arms length, but not near anyone else
- Never give sparklers to children under 5 years of age
- Keep a container of water handy, big enough and deep enough to put a spent sparkler in and put the sparkler in it as soon as it goes out.
For further advice and information visit:
- To help keep you and your family safe, please report rubbish or potential bonfires that need removing to your local Council. You can view their contact details here.
- Visit the Directgov website for more firework and bonfire safety information.
- BERR Government information on fireworks safety.
- Safer Fireworks RoSPA’s site to make sure your firework parties are safe and fun.
- H&SE Guide to Safety for Firework Display Organisers.
- Fire Service site - fireworks, follow links to bonfires and barbecues.