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fireworksFireworks are explosives which burn at extremely high temperatures and can cause serious injuries. They need careful handling and storage.

Always follow the firework code:

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
  • Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
  • Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
  • Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

We've added details of some organised bonfire and firework displays to the events page.

Garden Bonfires

  • Build your bonfire downwind and well away from buildings, trees, bushes or other flammable materials.
  • Clear away grass to form a circle of earth around the fire.
  • Build the fire stack so than it collapses inward when burning.
  • Watch for flying embers and sparks.
  • Don't use petrol or paraffin to start the fire.
  • Don't leave the fire unattended.
  • Never throw aerosol or LPG containers on the fire.
  • Ensure the fire is put out and cover the ashes with earth.

Further advice

For further advice on the use of fireworks see:

NYFRS Children's Fireworks Safety Leaflet

NYFRS Bonfire Night Safety Leaflet

Firework safety and the law

Firework regulations

If you're organising a public firework display these guides may be useful:

Giving your own firework display

Organising Firework Displays

Working together on firework displays

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