Only adults should light fireworks and safely dispose of them once they’ve been used.
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable. Check that your fireworks are CE marked and warn your neighbours about your display.
- 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. Throwing fireworks is illegal – you could have to pay a £5000 fine.
- Direct fireworks well away from spectators.
Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. Never drink alcohol while lighting fireworks and keep people who are drinking a safe distance away.
To use them safely:
- store them in a cool, dry place
- light them one at a time and wear gloves
- plunge sparklers hot end first into a bucket of water as soon as they have burnt out
Supervise children and show them how to hold their sparkler safely away from their bodies. Teach them not to wave sparklers near anyone else or run while holding them.
Children younger than 5 should never be given sparklers.
Check that no animals are inside before lighting your bonfire.
- petrol or paraffin
- fireworks (including used ones)
- foam-filled furniture
- tins of paint
Afterwards, make sure that the fire is fully out before leaving.
Our advice is:
- don’t drink alcohol while using lanterns
- have water on hand in case the lanterns catch fire
- keep the launch area clear of flammable or combustible materials
- never use broken or damaged lanterns
- launch lanterns clear of trees, power lines or buildings
- avoid launching near roads, especially major roads or motorways
- do not launch within five miles of an airport
- do not launch in wind speeds higher than 5 miles per hour
- check the wind direction before you launch