Always follow the firework code, stick to these simple rules, and be safe.

  • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or CE Marked (EN 15947)

  • Don’t drink alcohol if you’re setting off fireworks

  • Store fireworks in a closed box

  • Follow the instructions on each firework

  • Light fireworks at arm’s length, using the taper provided

  • Stand well back

  • Never go near a firework that has been lit - even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode

  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them

  • Always supervise children around fireworks

  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves

  • Never give sparklers to a child under five

  • Keep pets indoors

  • Don’t set off noisy fireworks late at night and never after 11.00 pm (except on certain occasions)

  • Take care around open flames such as bonfires and barbecues - all clothes even those labelled ‘low flammability’ can catch fire



If you misuse fireworks you may be liable for an on the spot fine of £80. If found guilty by the courts you could get a fine of up to £5,000.

It is an offence to:

  • buy adult fireworks if you are under 18

  • set off fireworks in the street or other public places

  • set off fireworks between 11.00 pm and 7.00 am

You can let off fireworks until 12.00 pm on bonfire night and until 1.00 am on Christmas, New Years Eve, Chinese New Year or Diwali.

If you are using fireworks you will need to be aware of your neighbours and make sure that you do not cause a nuisance.


  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.

  • 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.

  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.

  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.

  • Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving