Fireworks are explosives which burn at extremely high temperatures and can cause serious injuries. They need careful handling and storage.
We would always recommend attending an organised firework display but if you are holding your own display please follow our tips below.
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
Disposing of Fireworks Video
Disposing of Flares
Disposal of flares
Gunpowder Plot Quiz
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