Firework Safety

Child playing with firework

The unsafe use of fireworks can be a major cause of avoidable injury and even death. Make sure you have a safe and enjoyable Fireworks night by following a few sensible precautions.

Make sure you attend an organised firework display run by a competent display operator. But, if you will be having your own firework party make sure you do so in a safe place and have enough room to get to and from your fireworks while the display is going on.

Sparklers are often viewed as being harmless but they burn at extremely high temperatures and can easily cause injuries. Make sure that everyone handling sparklers wears gloves and never give them to children under 5. They must be held at arms length while being lit and must not be waved about close to other people.
A full bucket of water should be kept handy for any emergencies and for disposing of used sparklers. If you are having a bonfire, do not use petrol or paraffin to light the fire. Do not burn dangerous rubbish such as foam-filled furniture, rubber, aerosols, tins of paint, pressurised gas cylinders etc. Please be considerate of your neighbours and don't set fireworks off late at night. Pets get very frightened on fireworks night, so keep your pets indoors.

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Follow the Fireworks Code

When buying fireworks, make sure they comply with BS7114 or EN15947 with a CE mark and are clearly marked for their intended use "Indoor, Garden or Display"

  • Keep fireworks in a sealed box or tin.
  • Use them one at a time, replacing the lid immediately.
  • NEVER put fireworks in your pocket.
  • Read the instructions carefully, using a torch or hand lamp NEVER use a naked flame.
  • Light fireworks at arms length using a taper or a firework lighter.
  • Stand well back and NEVER return to a firework after it has been lit, it could explode in your face.
  • Ensure that all chidren with fireworks are well supervised.
  • NEVER throw fireworks.
  • Keep all pets and animals indoors.
  • Take care of sparklers, wear gloves to hold them and dispose of sparklers in a bucket of water as soon as they are finished.

More information can be found below :

Follow Ben for a safe firework night 

Firework Safety Retailers Guide

Safe use of fireworks

 For further information on firework controls or to report problems contact:

  • Gwent Police - 01633 838111
    Firework Curfew breaches, possession by under 18's in a public place
  • Trading standards - 01495 235291
    Retail & private storage, under age sales
  • Housing - 01685 846889
    private storage/sales in council houses