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Understanding Firework Safety

Always adhere to the rules of fireworks, follow these fundamental laws, and ensure your safety during the night of the bonfire!

Make sure to buy only fireworks with a mark BS 7114, or with CE markings (EN 15947)
Do not drink alcohol if you hold the official fireworks lighter
Make sure to keep the fireworks contained in a tightly closed box
Follow the directions for each specific firework.
It is recommended to light fireworks at a distance of about an arm’s length using the taper supplied.
Keep your eyes on the road
Do not get too close to fireworks that have been set off but haven’t yet been fired as they may still be lit or even explode.
Never keep fireworks in your pockets and never throw them.
Always supervise children around fireworks.
Wear gloves that aren’t flammable when working with sparklers
Do not offer sparklers to children who is under five years old.
Keep pets in the house
Do not set off your loud fireworks later into the midnight and not later than 11:00 p.m. (except for certain special occasions)


If you’re caught with fireworks that you don’t use and you are found guilty, you could be required to pay an amount of PS80 immediately. If you’re found to be guilty in an indictment the possibility of the maximum penalty of PS5k.

It’s a criminal offense to:

Purchase adult fireworks if not yet 18 years old.
Set off fireworks on the street, or in other public areas.
Start fireworks at 11 a.m. between 7 and 11 a.m.
You can however enjoy fireworks prior to midnight on bonfire night , and up to the time of 1 a.m. during Thanksgiving Day, New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year or Diwali.
If you’re using fireworks, it is important to be mindful of your neighbors to ensure you don’t create a disturbance.

Be safe, do not be frightened.

The idea of having fireworks at your home can be a lot of fun as you use them in a safe manner. Follow our simple steps to ensure your fireworks show is safe and fun.

Fireworks are safe to use if they are used in the right way. If you’re planning to stage an outdoor display and you want to make sure that you take some simple steps to ensure that everyone is having fun without getting injured.

We want kids to be entertained by the fireworks displays, however, they should be aware that they are potentially harmful in the event of misuse. Each year, more than half of firework-related injuries are caused by children. Child Accident Prevention Trust Child Accident Prevention Trust has more information on how to keep children secure.


Sparklers are five times hotter than cooking oil. Sparklers are not toys , and shouldn’t be offered to children who are younger than five years old.

Where to buy

Do not cut corners in order in order to save some money. Make sure you purchase fireworks from a reputable online retailer (like the one we use) to ensure they are in line to British regulations. That means that they’re required to be branded with BS 7114 written on the packaging.

Some stores are remain open for a brief period prior to Bonfire Night, but these aren’t the best locations to purchase fireworks. Staff at these stores may not be well-versed in the safety of using fireworks, and the fireworks may not conform to British standards.

Whatever you decide to do, you shouldn’t purchase fireworks from any place you’re not sure of for example, the back of a van , or an unintentional market vendor.

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What to buy

There are many different types of fireworks. The public can purchase and then set off the majority of the fireworks in the category 1 to 3. They include fireworks that you can set off inside, in your backyard or in a display. Make sure you read the entire package to ensure that the fireworks you’re purchasing are suitable for the area where you’re planning to start them.


Certain fireworks can only be bought and operated by professionals in the field of fireworks. They include air bombs, airborne missiles and aerial maroons mortar shells , and grenade shells, mini rockets; all bangers as well as erratic-flight fireworks. category 2 , 3 and 4 fireworks which go beyond the size limit as well as all Category 4 fireworks.


Only one person should be responsible for the fireworks. If you are that person, make sure you’ve taken all required precautions. Know the rules and don’t consume alcohol until been cleared of all charges. Plan ahead, and during daylight hours. At night you’ll require:

A Light
Two buckets or a bucket of water
Protection for the hand and eye
A bucket of earth that is soft to put fireworks
The right support that will work with the right support for Catherine Rockets or wheels.


If you’re planning an event with fireworks for people in general, check out our tips on how to organize an efficient and secure fireworks display.

Protect your animals

You must take sensible measures to safeguard your pet at this time of year where fireworks are expected to commence.