Before they explode, know the 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:
1. Follow the Fireworks Code.
- Always buy from a LICENCED retailer.
- Do not buy fireworks from UNLICENSED
- Sellers on Facebook/Ebay/Gumtree/Amazon
- They may not have the regular safeguards in place for transactions.
- They may be selling illegal fireworks that are not up to safety standards.
- If they are UNLICENSED they ARE breaking the LAW.
- Sellers on Facebook/Ebay/Gumtree/Amazon
- 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 be having 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 fuse wick.
- 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.
STAY SAFE, BE CONSIDERATE, AND DON’T BECOME A NUISANCE.
The British Fireworks Association. (2016). Fireworks and the Consumer. [online]
Available at: https://www.britishfireworksassociation.co.uk/firework-advice-for-consumers/
For more information on keeping pets safe in the fireworks and bonfire season please read our pets and fireworks safety article.
2. Use only CE Fireworks
- Check this when you are buying. All reputable dealers will only sell fireworks to this standard and if you are ever offered any others leave them alone!
3. Take special care with sparklers
- Sparklers can be beautiful and enjoyable for young children but adults must be aware of their potential. Sparklers are the cause of a disproportionate number of injuries but only a few simple precautions are necessary.
- Always supervise children with sparklers.
- Teach them to hold the sparkler at arm’s length, but not near anyone else
- Sparklers are not for the under 5s. They will be labelled as such and it is your responsibility.
- Have a container of water handy, big enough for the spent sparkler. Dump the sparkler in it as soon as it goes out.
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Your Safety is Paramount to us!
Our Firework customers mean the world to us at Ghengis Fireworks and we want all our new and returning customers to be as safe as possible when using fireworks.
So we have put together this firework safety information page for you with all the latest safety information on fireworks, Sparklers and Bonfires and we have even gone as far as to make firework safety videos on how to setup your fireworks and firework displays in the safest way possible.
Despite yearly safety warnings, Bonfire Night still ends in disaster for far too many families. Fireworks and bonfire evenings can provide lots of fun and entertainment for all the family when the nights are rather dark and gloomy, Fireworks light up the sky and bring joy to thousands.
As long as everyone follows the right firework safety procedures and remembers that fireworks can be dangerous if misused, a good and safe time can be enjoyed by everyone when we all follow proper safety procedures.
Keeping Your Kids Safe At Firework Displays.
Children of all ages love fireworks, in fact, people of all ages love fireworks. And what’s not to love? They are loud, fun, bright and put a smile on everyone’s face.
Whether it be at a significant public display or home in the back garden, fireworks of all sizes and shapes can enthral for hours and are a great investment whether it be for an occasion or just a one-off treat for the family.
Fireworks, however, by their very nature, do carry some risks and if you are the parent of a young child(ren), you may find that fireworks and firework displays fill you with dread.
In all honesty, however, they don’t need to. So long as you know the basics of firework safety and use a little bit of common sense, there is no reason why fireworks should pose any real danger to a child.
Of course, public displays should, and will have, all the safety regulations in place, you should be secure with the knowledge that all bases have been covered with regards public safety. We are not saying that parents still don’t have to be vigilant when attending these kinds of events, however.
Children, can, and often do, run around the site, so it is vitally important that you know where your child(ren) is(are) at all times. It is all too easy for a child to wander off and find themselves in a part of the firework display area where they shouldn’t be. It doesn’t mean you are a neglectful parent; it means that kids will be kids and you should always be conscious that they can get where water can’t. Always have them close by for peace of mind.
If you are hosting a firework display at home, it is essential that you take everyone’s safety seriously, but even more so when there are children present.
You should ensure that the firework launch area and the bonfire site are entirely cordoned off, and spectators are at least at the minimum safe distances stated for the fireworks your firing.
Only one person should light fireworks as well; this is so there is no confusion as to what fireworks you have fired e.t.c. As well as minimising the risk of returning to a firework that has already been lit but not gone off correctly. The more people involved in the lighting of and the managing of the fireworks and bonfire, the greater the chance is that someone will get injured.
When you have children that love fireworks and are inquisitive to see how they work and want to partake in the lighting of them, it can be challenging to manage. You have to be firm and not let youngsters anywhere near the fireworks though. The risks are far too high, even with adult guidance and supervision, nothing can stop a wayward rocket or firework exploding – it just isn’t worth the risk.
Instead, to keep children entertained, you should let them use sparklers – albeit with close supervision. Sparklers are great for stimulating the senses of young children, but they too pose many risks.
In fact, sparklers were the number one accident complaint on Bonfire night for the last three years, meaning they, in fact, caused more burns than fireworks themselves. Children under five should not use sparklers, yet statistics recently highlighted that it was children under five that received the most treatment for sparkler-caused accidents – so parents do have to portion some of the blame and need to step up and ensure all safety concerns addressed.
You should also be quite mindful of the clothing that you and the children wear. You should wear something that isn’t going to go up in flames should a wayward spark hit you or a child, and you should always ensure that there is a bucket of water at the ready should you need to dispose of the sparkler or need to put out a fire.
Stifling the excitement of Bonfire night is the last thing that we want to do. Fireworks are our thing after all! We just want to ensure everyone can enjoy their fireworks in the safest way possible.
Respect fireworks and they will give you one of the very best experiences – that is a fact.
Please stay safe while using fireworks!
You will find our TOP TEN TIPS Below on how to keep you and your loved ones safe this firework season.
Our Ten Top Tips
- Plan your firework display with safety in mind to make it more enjoyable.
- Always use one firework at a time and keep all fireworks in a sealed damp proof box.
- Read and follow all instructions via torchlight if required on each firework before using them.
- Light a single firework at a time with a taper (Portfire) at arm’s length then stand well back.
- Keep all naked flames, cigarettes, away from fireworks.
- Once lit you should never return to any firework.
- Never throw fireworks or fire them at animals and people and don’t put fireworks in your pockets.
- Position any rockets at a slight angle in the opposite direction of any spectators.
- Never use petrol or paraffin on a bonfire.
- Always check that the Bonfire or smaller fires are correctly extinguished, and all surroundings have been made safe before leaving.
How to Guides and Videos:
We have put together some easy to follow setup guides and videos to go along with them showing you exactly how to setup your firework and displays in the safest possible way.
Safety Rules For Sparklers
- Never give sparklers to young children under five.
- Always wear gloves with sparklers, preferably leather ones.
- Hold the sparkler at arm’s length while an adult lights it for you.
- Use in an open space away from others.
- Never hold a baby in your arms when you are holding a sparkler.
- When the sparkler has finished, put it into a bucket of cold water straight away and leave it there.
For more information on sparklers take a look at our blog post you can find links to them below:
- Facts About Sparklers
- Sparklers – What are they and how are they made?
- Photographs of Sparklers Being Made
Further advice, publications etc:
- Government information on fireworks and bonfire safety.
- FireworkSafety website, for valuable advice.
- Safer Fireworks RoSPA’s site ‘to make sure your firework parties are fun’
- H&SE Guide to Safety for Firework Display Organizers
- Various fire brigades have advice on fireworks, bonfires and barbecues on the web:
To learn more about being safe with fireworks, please read our Staying Safe in the Fireworks Season page.