Firework Safety – Top 10 Firework Safety Tips


Firework Safety Code

The firework safety code is widely recognised in the UK. As a set of guidelines to ensure the explosives are handled in a safe manner by the public.

There is nothing quite as thrilling as fireworks particularly here in the UK. Where they are the highlight of several celebrations including Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve. However, when mishandled fireworks can be dangerous – they are explosives after all! Firing fireworks does not require any training however it’s important that you observe the following fireworks safety code:

1.Only buy fireworks with a CE mark and conforms to BSEN 15947:2015.  This means the firework meets British or European safety standards, which all of our fireworks meet!

2. The individual setting off the fireworks should avoid consuming alcohol.

3. Keep a bucket of water close by.

4. Follow the instructions for each firework – light them by torchlight, never with a naked flame.

5. Light all fireworks at arm’s length using a port fire lighter. (provided with every firework from reputable firework retailers)

6. Ensure spectators stands well back – at least 25 metres with Category 3 fireworks

7. You should never go back to a firework once it has been lit – even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode

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

9. Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves

10. Pets should be kept away from the display; preferably in a different location away from the noise

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Fireworks safety for children

Children tend to get very excited around fireworks or anything sparkly for that matter! Statistics show that boys aged 12-15 are most likely to get injured. mostly due to disregarding the fireworks safety code. Here are a few basic rules to follow:

  • You should not set off fireworks if you are under the age of 18. ID is also required when purchasing fireworks (Will be asked on delivery)
  • Use quiet fireworks around children experiencing them for the first time to avoid the loud bangs
  • Place all used sparklers in a bucket of cold water
  • Don’t hold babies while holding a sparkler – they can reach out and grab it unexpectedly!
  • Follow the safety distance recommendation for every firework
  • The sparklers should never waved at other people


Bonfire safety

The weather can be cold and gloomy on Guy Fawkes Night. Bonfires are perfect for creating a cosy outdoor atmosphere. However, there are several essential safety measures that must be considered.

  • You should build bonfires away from fences, buildings, roads, sheds, trees, and bushes. If possible, choose a location sheltered from wind to minimise smoke and the bonfire being blown out of control
  • Ensure there are no cables above the bonfire
  • Avoid wearing loose clothes and tie back long hair
  • Only one person should be responsible for the bonfire
  • Plan the bonfire in advance – warn neighbours and keep a fire extinguisher on standby
  • Build your bonfire as close to the night your lighting it to avoid animals such as hedgehogs, frogs, and toads crawling inside
  • Only burn dry materials such as tinder and kindling wood. Avoid throwing rubber, plastic and foam in the bonfire as it creates an unpleasant smoke. Along with dangerous items such as petrol, aerosol cans and batteries
  • Keep a bucket of water at hand in case of emergencies
  • Pour water over the bonfire even when it has died down to avoid it reigniting


More information

Find out more about firework safety code and statistics:

Government community advice

Law on fireworks 

More information on fireworks safety for children:

Here is some links to different government made Government Key Stage 1Government Key Stage 2Government Key Stage 3


Related downloads:

  • FD- Risk Assessment
    Use this risk assessment designed to determine potential hazards. layout of display and distance required from the fireworks to spectators.

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