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Disposal of fireworks
Put fully spent fireworks (not misfired or partly spent) in a refuse bin. Soak misfired,
unused or partly spent fireworks in a container of water in a safe place. Contact the
manufacturer or supplier for advice on disposal.
The fireworks code
- Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114
- Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
- Keep fireworks in a closed box
- Follow the instructions on each firework
- Light them at arm's length, using a taper
- 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 let off fireworks after 11pm
If you are having a bonfire, to get rid of garden waste or as part of a celebration, follow our simple tips to make sure you, your property and others are safe.
Building a bonfire
- Only burn dry material. Damp material causes more smoke
- Build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees
- Check there are no cables, like telephone wires, above the bonfire
- Don't use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going, it may get out of control quickly
Bonfire safety tips
Once the bonfire is lit, make sure you:
- keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby, in case of emergencies
- don't leave the bonfire unattended
- keep children and pets away from the bonfire
- don't throw any fireworks into the fire
- don't burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint, many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury
- spray the embers with water (once the bonfire has died down) to stop it re-igniting.
Did you know?
- On average, 127 fires in homes and buildings in the UK are started by fireworks every year.
- The majority of firework-related injuries happen at family or private parties.
- It is an offence to throw or discharge a firework in a street or public place and can result in prosecution and a fine of up to £5000.
- It is against the law to carry fireworks in public if you're under 18.
- Fireworks must not be sold to anyone who is under 18.
- It is an offence to let fireworks off during night hours (11pm to 7am), except on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year (1am).
- It is an offence under the Explosives Act 1875 to tamper with or modify fireworks.
- Sparklers can reach temperatures more than 15 times hotter than boiling water.
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