Firework Safety and Advice

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Firework Safety and Advice 2017-02-20T20:10:38+00:00
Where to Buy 2017-02-20T20:10:44+00:00

Don’t cut corners just to save a few quid. Always buy fireworks from a reputable shop to make sure that they conform to British Standards. This means that they should have BS 7114 written on the box or CE marked.

  • Sometimes shops open up for a short time before Bonfire Night but these may not be the best places to buy fireworks from. Staff in these shops might not be very knowledgeable about using fireworks safely and their fireworks might not meet British Standards.
  • Whatever you do, don’t buy fireworks from anywhere you’re not sure about, such as the back of a van or from a temporary, unlicensed market stall.
Protect your Animals 2015-07-12T00:28:50+00:00

You should take precautions to protect your pets during the times of the year when fireworks are likely to be set off. Your vet can give you more details.

Think of your Neighbours 2017-02-20T20:10:44+00:00

Let your neighbours know if you are planning a fireworks party, they may have pets which should be kept indoors. In rural areas this could include larger animals such as horses and donkeys in stables nearby. In addition it would be kind to let elderly neighbours and families with young children know there may be some loud bangs. Remember…fireworks can be fun, but have consideration for others!

Firework Code for Adults 2017-02-20T20:10:44+00:00
  • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or CE mark.

  • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.

  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use one at a time.

  • Follow the instructions on each firework, using a torch if necessary.
  • Light them at arm’s length, using a taper and stand well back.
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.

  • Light them at arm’s length, using a taper and stand well back.

  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
  • 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.
  • 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 let off fireworks after 11pm.
  • Direct any rocket fireworks away from spectators.
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
  • Make sure that the fire is out and the surroundings are made safe before leaving.