Firework Safety

Fireworks are exciting to watch and be a part of, especially for children. But unfortunately figures indicate that more often than not, it’s children rather than adults who get hurt by firework with over 350 pre-school children requiring medical attention in the past seven years. 

We've created an easy check list for when putting on a home fireworks display to avoid putting anyone at risk. 


Before the display

• Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer

• Ensure your neighbours are aware of the display and acknowledge any concerns they may have, e.g. pets & livestock

• Check the fireworks you buy are suitable for the size of garden and conform to British Standards

(BSEN 15947)

• Read the instructions in daylight hours

• One person – clearly identified – should be responsible for the fireworks



Things you will need on the night

• Torch to enable you to read instructions

• Bucket of water

• Eye protection and gloves

• Bucket of soft earth to stick fireworks in

• Suitable supports for Catherine wheels, proper launchers

for rockets



During the display

• Don’t set off noisy fireworks late at night and never

after 11pm [Midnight on 5th November, 1am New Years Eve, Chinese New Year & Diwali]

• Don’t drink alcohol if you are responsible for setting off the fireworks

• Light fireworks at arm's length with a taper

• Ensure spectators are standing a safe distance from the display

• Avoid going back to light fireworks if it has failed in the first attempt

• Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them

• Always supervise children

• Store fireworks in a metal box, kept closed between use

• Keep pets indoors


After the display

• Use tongs or gloves to collect spent fireworks



• Unsuitable for children under five

• Light one at a time

• Wear gloves when holding sparklers

• Put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of sand or water



• Should be at least 18 metres (60ft) away from houses, trees, hedges, fences or sheds

• Use domestic firelighters

• Never use petrol, paraffin or other flammable liquids to light the fireworks. 



Related downloads:

  • Risk Assessment

    Use this form as a helpful checklist when assessing the suitability of your site. It has been produced to help you in the safe management of your display. Please return it with your order and if you have any questions please call us on 0800 511 511.

    Use the diagram to the right as a guide to the necessary distances for your site. On a separate sheet of paper sketch your own site diagram including measurements and position of firing site, spectators, fall-out area, bonfire, barriers and any trees, buildings or roads.