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The Firework Code

Before they explode, know the fireworks safety code:

Millions of people throughout many centuries have enjoyed fireworks. Accidents can happen with anything though – anytime, anywhere. Don’t let it happen to you with fireworks, because the consequences of carelessness with fire can be devastating.

The guidelines for a safe fireworks party are very simple to observe:


Always buy from a LICENCED retailer.

Do not buy fireworks from UNLICENSED

Sellers on Facebook Market Place/eBay/Gumtree/Amazon

-They may not have regular safeguards in place for transactions.

-They may be selling illegal fireworks that are not up to UK fireworks safety standards.

If they are UNLICENSED, they ARE breaking the LAW.

Only buy fireworks marked CE (BSEN 15947).

Always keep fireworks in a closed box. Take them out one at a time and close the box.

Never put fireworks in your pocket.

Let your neighbours know you will have a small display.

You can use social media groups to get that message across.

Avoid setting fireworks off late at night, particularly if it is a school-night.

Do not set fireworks off in the street or other public places; it is against the law.

Never throw fireworks; it is dangerous.

Be considerate to your neighbours, especially if they have pets or small children.

Keep pets indoors.

Do not light fireworks under the influence of alcohol.

Never fool around with fireworks.

Light fireworks one at a time at arm’s length, at the end of the fuse, using a safety firework lighter or a portfire.

Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves, even when lighting them.

Never give sparklers to a child under the age of 5.

Ideally, you should never go back to a lit firework. However,

– Some of the new CE fireworks do come with a dual fuse option.

– Please read and follow these instructions VERY carefully.

Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire.