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Firework Safety Guidance

Fireworks often play a big part in celebrations- like Bonfire night, Diwali and Chinese new year. However, fireworks are explosives and burn at high temperatures, so they need careful handling and storage.

Firework Safety Checklist

Figures have shown that more children than adults get hurt by fireworks. If you are thinking of using fireworks as part of your celebrations, you should follow the steps listed below.

Before Your Firework Display

Preparation is key to enjoying fireworks safely, so;

  • Don't buy fireworks from anywhere your'e not sure about, like a van or a temporary, unlicensed market stall.
  • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114, this is the British standards that all fireworks should meet.
  • Follow the instructions on each firework, read them in daylight or by torchlight, never with a naked flame.
  • Make suitable supports and launchers if you're setting off Catherine wheels or rockets

Things you will need on the night

It's easy easy to get a few household things together, these are;

  • A closed metal box to store the fireworks, take them out one at a time.
  • Don't drink alcohol if you are setting off fireworks.
  • Light fireworks at arms length, using a taper.
  • Make sure everyone stands well back.
  • Never go back to a firework that has been lit, even if it hasn't gone off it could still explode.


Sparklers are fun, but always;

  • Supervise children with sparklers and never give them to a child under five.
  • Light sparklers one at a time.
  • Put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of sand or water.

Other tips on the night

Finally, follow these other rules for a safe night;
  • Keep pets indoors, most animals get very scared by the lights and noise from fireworks.
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
  • Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire.
  • Take care around bonfires, all clothes, even those labelled 'low flammability', can catch fire


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