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Safety at home - Fireworks



Home displays

Firework displays are loads of fun, but fireworks can be really dangerous if you don't use them properly. Please read the following information on how to stay safe.

  • Only buy fireworks with a CE mark 
  • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Never go near a firework that has been lit – even if it has gone off, it could still explode
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
  • Light them at arm’s length, using a taper
  • Never give sparklers to a child under five
  • Stand well back
  • Always supervise children around fireworks
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves


Further information on firework safety: -

Firework safety - RoSPA

Giving your own firework display

Staying safe with fireworks


Also please see Fireworks the law