Firework Law & Safety
If you misuse fireworks you may be liable for an on the spot fine of £80. If found guilty by the courts you could get a fine of up to £5,000.
It is an offence to:
- Buy adult fireworks if you are under 18
- Set off fireworks in the street or other public places
- Set off fireworks between 11.00 pm and 7.00 am
You can let off fireworks until 12.00 pm on bonfire night and until 1.00 am on Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year or Diwali.
If you are using fireworks you will need to be aware of your neighbours and make sure that you do not cause a nuisance.
The Firework Code
- Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or CE Marked (EN 15947).
All of Rave Fireworks Ltd firework’s meet these standards.
- Don’t drink alcohol if you’re setting off fireworks
- Store fireworks in a closed box
- Follow the instructions on each firework
- Light fireworks at arm’s length, using the taper provided
- 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 set off noisy fireworks late at night and never after 11.00pm (except on certain occasions)
- Take care around open flames such as bonfires and barbecues – all clothes even those labelled “low flammability” can catch fire
Setting Fireworks Off
Only one person should be in charge of fireworks. If that’s you, then make sure you take all the necessary precautions. Read the instructions in daylight and adhere to these including the minimum safety distance. Don’t drink any alcohol until they’ve all been discharged. Make your preparations in advance, and in daylight. On the night, you will need…
- A torch
- A bucket or two of water
- Eye protection and gloves
- A bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in
- Suitable supports and launchers if you’re setting off Catherine wheels or Rockets.
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