With the tragic events that occurred at Grenfell Tower still fresh in the memory and bonfire night approaching, it remains ever more important to keep safe from fire.
If you have any fire safety concerns with your home, please read our fire safety leaflet.
Whilst firework displays can be great fun, fireworks can be dangerous if they are not used and handled properly. If you live in a house and are planning to put on your own small display please take care to make sure you, your family and your friends stay safe by following these simple guidelines.
It is far safer to attend an organised display than to have a bonfire at home.
If you are planning to have a small bonfire in your garden, make sure it is away from sheds, fences, bushes, trees and the property. Bonfires are not to be lit in communal gardens.
It is important to remember that fireworks are explosives and can represent a danger if not handled correctly. Only category 2 fireworks are suitable for most private gardens.
Before your fireworks display:
- Check the fireworks you buy are CE Marked
- Ensure your display area is free from hazards
- Do not tamper with fireworks
- Read the instructions in daylight
- Warn neighbours, especially the elderly and those with animals, about your display
- A clearly identifiable person should be responsible for the fireworks.
To stay safe during your fireworks display:
- Ensure you have a metal box, with a lid, for the storage of the fireworks
- You should have a torch to double check the instructions
- Keep a bucket of water and/or a garden hose close by in case of emergencies
- You should have a protective hat, eye protection and gloves to avoid any small burns
- Keep a first aid kit close by
- Use a bucket (preferably metal) of soft earth to stick the fireworks in
- Keep your firework storage box closed between uses
- Use a board for flat-bottomed fireworks
- Use proper launchers for rockets
- Light fireworks at arm's length with a taper
- Stand well back and never go back to a lit firework
- Keep children under control
- Do not put fireworks in your pocket
- Throwing a firework is dangerous and illegal: it's a criminal offence to do so in a street or other public place, with a maximum penalty of a £5000 fine
- Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
Did you know a simple sparkler reaches a temperature of up to 2,000°C? That's over 15 times the boiling point of water. Handle them with care and follow the advice below:
Sparkler safety tips
- Store sparklers and fireworks in a closed box in a cool, dry place
- Always light them one at a time and wear gloves
- Plunge finished sparklers - hot end down - into a bucket of water as soon as they have burnt out
- Remember sparklers can stay hot for a long time
- Don't take sparklers to public displays. It will be too crowded to use them safely
- Remember, always take care when holding a sparkler and never hold a baby or child if you have one in your hand.
- Don’t hand sparklers to children under five.