The Firework Code

Please observe the Firework Code when letting off your fireworks. Help prevent an accident!



·         Only buy fireworks with BS 7114 or CE mark – this means the firework meets British or European safety standards, which all fireworks should meet (a reputable shop will know this)

·         Alcohol and Fireworks don’t mix so don’t drink when letting fireworks off

·         Always store fireworks in a closed, metal box taking them out one at a time, replacing the lid

·         Keep a bucket of water close by

·         Follow the instructions for each firework – read them by torchlight, never with a naked flame

·         Light all fireworks at arm’s length, using a port fire lighter

·         Make sure everyone stands well back – 25 metres with Category 3 fireworks

·         Never ever go back to a firework that has been lit - even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode

·         Never keep fireworks in your pocket or throw them

·         Always supervise children around fireworks and never give sparklers to a child under five

·         Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves

·         Keep pets locked indoors

·         Don’t set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on Bonfire night, before Midnight and Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year by 1am


·         Take extra care around naked flames such as bonfires and barbecues - all clothes, even those labelled ‘low flammability’, can catch fire