The best way to enjoy fireworks safely is to attend a professional display; however, if you decide to have fireworks at home, you and your family can take the following precautions to remain safer.
- Only buy fireworks from a licensed provider
- Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
- Keep fireworks in a closed box until ready to use
- Follow the instructions on each firework
- Light them at arm’s length, using a taper
- Stand well back once lit
- Never go near a firework that has been lit, even if it hasn’t gone off, it might still explode
- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
- Always supervise children around fireworks
- Light sparklers one at a time wearing gloves
- Never give sparklers to children under 5 years old.
- Keep pets indoors
Which fireworks can I use at home?
Category information can be found on the label.
- Category F1, F2 and F3 fireworks are on sale to the general public.
- Consumer fireworks will fall into either category F2 or F3 depending on how much of a safety distance is required. Check you have enough space to safely use a firework before you buy.
Always follow the Firework Code www.saferfireworks.com
Go to www.gov.uk/fireworks-the-law for more advice
- In 2020, an estimated 15,600 people were hospitalized with injuries related to fireworks – the highest number in the last 15 years
- Fireworks can travel at speeds up to 150 mph
- If 3 sparklers burn together, they do so at the same heat a blowtorch is used to melt metal.
REMEMBER, REMEMBER, PROFESSINALLY RUN DISPLAYS ARE SAFER TO ATTEND THAN HOME DISPLAYS