Fireworks are one of the greatest and most exciting forms of entertainment, but like most things, you must be aware and cautious of potential hazards. Though being injured by fireworks is less common in adults, it’s children you must take extra caution with by putting measures in place to enable them to have fun while being safe.

Follow our easy checklist on how to maintain a safe environment with fireworks.


Buying the fireworks: 

• Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer

• Inform your neighbours and be aware of their concerns e.g. pets, livestock, etc

• Ensure that the fireworks you are buying are Category 2 and 3 also known as consumer fireworks in order to comply with British Standards (BS 7114).

• Read the instructions during daylight hours

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


Things you'll need:

• Torch for checking product instructions

• Bucket of water

• Gloves and eye protection

• Bucket of soft earth to stick fireworks in

• Appropriate support for wheels and fountains, and proper launchers for rockets


The day of the display:

• Try to avoid setting off noisy fireworks during the late hours of the evening and never after 11 pm.

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

• Light fireworks at arm's length with a taper

• Stand well back and keep spectators at least 25 metres away from the display

• Never go back to a lit firework

• Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them

• Supervise children at all times 

• Store fireworks in a metal box and keep it closed between use

• Keep pets indoors or in a different location if possible

Check out our safety video for tips and if you need to protect your fireworks  from the rain, please watch our waterproofing guide


After the display:

• Leave all used fireworks for at least 15 minutes after firing to cool down

• Use gloves or tongs to collect spent fireworks


When using sparklers: 

• Unsuitable for children under five

• Light one at a time

• Wear gloves at all times when lit

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



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

• Use domestic firelighters

• Never use petrol, paraffin or other flammable liquids

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.