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 the 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.