The Firework Code

Follow the Firework Code

If you buy fireworks, always make sure the UKCA marks are clearly marked for their intended use ‘Indoor, Garden or Display’.

  • Keep fireworks in a sealed box or tin.
  • Use them one at a time, replacing the lid immediately.
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket.
  • Read the instructions carefully, using a torch or hand lamp never use a naked flame.
  • Light fireworks at arms length using a taper or a firework lighter.
  • Stand well back and never return to a firework after it has been lit. It could explode in your face.
  • Ensure that all children with fireworks are well supervised.
  • Never throw fireworks.
  • Keep all pets and animals indoors.
  • Take care of sparklers, wear gloves to hold them and dispose of sparklers in a bucket of water as soon as they are finished.
  • Despite annual safety warnings, Bonfire Night week still ends in disaster for far too many families. Fireworks can provide fun and entertainment, but only if everyone follows the right safety procedures and remembers that fireworks can be very dangerous if misused.

Remember to be careful with bonfires too. It’s much better to manage without one. But if you insist make sure it’s well away from your house and any trees, hedges, fences or sheds.

Never use a flammable liquid like petrol or paraffin to get one going. If lighting your bonfire is difficult, use only domestic firelighters to help. Check very carefully that there’s no animal (or even a young child) hidden inside the bonfire.

Don’t light it until after all your fireworks have been let off. Keep everyone a safe distance away, and don’t allow anyone to throw anything onto it.

Loose clothing (like tracksuits) can very easily catch alight and should never be worn near any fire. Long scarves can be risky too.