Fireworks 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.
- 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.
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
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