We want you to enjoy your bonfire and firework celebrations safely.
If you can, attend a properly organised display as these tend to be safer than having your own at home. However, if you are celebrating at home make sure you follow our advice to keep you and your family safe.
Only buy fireworks complying with the British Standard (BS7114)
Any reputable dealer or retailer will sell fireworks that comply with this standard. If you are offered any others do not buy them and contact trading standards to let them know.
Follow the Firework Code
- Keep fireworks in a closed box or tin.
- Follow the instructions on each firework.
- Light fireworks at arm's length, using a taper.
- Stand well back.
- Never go near a firework which has been lit. Even if it hasn't gone off, as it could still explode.
- Never carry fireworks in your pockets.
- Never throw fireworks.
- Keep pets indoors.
Over half of injuries every year are to children under the age of 15. The most common injuries are to the hands, 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.
- Explain to them that sparklers get very hot and will burn their skin if not held correctly.
- Don’t give sparklers to children under 5 years of age, as they may not understand the dangers.
- Keep a container of water nearby, large enough and deep enough to put sparklers in after use.