Fireworks and bonfire evenings can provide
much entertainment so long as everyone follows the right safety
procedures and remembers that fireworks can be dangerous if
People should bear in mind that a simple
sparkler can burn up to a temperature of 2000 degrees centigrade,
so they should never be given to children under
the age of five.
By far the safest way to enjoy these seasonal
activities is to attend a professionally organised event, however
If you are having your own celebration use common sense and
follow some simple safety tips to help you and
your loved ones avoid injuries or damage to your property.
Remember that all fireworks should be
purchased from reputable suppliers only. It is an offence
under firework legislation for anyone under 18 to possess fireworks
in public places and an offence for anyone other than a firework
professional to possess professional display fireworks.
It is also illegal to set fireworks off
between 11pm and 7am except in the following cases:
- Bonfire Night - 5 November – until
- Diwali (5 November 2010) - 1am on the
- New Year’s Eve – 1am on the following
- Chinese New Year – 1am on the following
Bonfire safety tips:
- Never use flammable liquids to help start a
bonfire and never burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint
tins, foam furniture or batteries.
- Build your bonfire well clear of buildings,
garden sheds, fences, hedges and overhanging branches.
- Keep bonfires to a manageable size and evenly
built so that they collapse inwards as they burn.
- Always check the bonfire’s construction is
still sound prior to lighting it, that there are no children or
animals inside and that hazardous items such as aerosols and
fireworks have not been thrown onto it.
- Bonfires should be lit after the firework
display unless positioned sufficiently far away to ensure stray
sparks from the bonfire cannot fall into the firework area.
- Don’t leave bonfires unattended. An
adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has
to be left, damp it down with water.
- Keep a bucket of water or horsepipe nearby in case of
- Make sure that the fire is out and
surroundings are made safe before leaving.
Firework safety tips:
- Plan your firework display to make it safe
- Only buy fireworks marked with British
Standard Kitemark BS 7114.
- Don’t drink alcohol if setting off
- Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take
them out one at a time.
- Always follow the instructions carefully when
using them. Read them in daylight or by torchlight, never by a
- Light the firework at arms length with a
taper and stand well back.
- Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away
- Never go back to fireworks once they are
lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
- Never throw fireworks and don’t put them in
- Always supervise children around fireworks
and never give sparklers to children under five. Even when
they have gone out they are still hot so put them in a bucket of
water after use.
- Respect your neighbours – don’t let off
fireworks late at night.
- Keep your pets indoors throughout the evening
with the curtains closed.