It is safer to attend a public and professionally organised firework display but, if you are having a display at home, stay safe this Firework’s night but following these simple, recommended steps:
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
- Check with your local council to see if they have any additional rules about displays (by law, fireworks cannot be set off between 11pm and 7am – although on Guy Fawke’s Night (5 November), this deadline is extended to midnight.
- Only buy fireworks which carry a CE mark.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
- It is advisable not to drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
- 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.
- Always supervise children around fireworks.
- Never give sparklers to children under five and light them one at a time, wearing gloves.
- Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
- Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
Enjoy your firework display!