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Safety

Fireworks are explosives and as such they should be treated with respect. Fireworks can however be enjoyed safely by following these guidelines:

 

  • Always follow the instructions on each firework including orientation of fanned fireworks.
  • Make sure fireworks are secure either by burying them in soil/sand or secure them with strong tape to wooden stakes inserted into the ground. For cone shaped fountains place bricks or blocks around it to so it won’t fall over.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and away from any potential ignition sources.
  • If it’s raining you can keep them dry by putting them in plastic bags.
  • Only launch rockets from suitable tubes where the rocket will be free to rise without getting stuck. Don’t fire rockets with damaged or broken sticks.
  • Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
  • Follow the safety distances for fireworks. The safety distances provided is the minimum distance - more is better!
  • Light fireworks at arm's length and once lit retire back to the safety distance immediately.
  • Never go back to a firework that has been lit - even if it hasn't gone off it could still do so.
  • If a firework fails to go off or stops firing, leave it for 30 minutes and then thoroughly soak it in water for at least 24hrs before disposal in the black rubbish bin.
  • Never throw fireworks and never put fireworks in your pockets.
  • Always supervise children around fireworks and keep pets indoors.
  • Wear gloves when handling sparklers. Never give sparklers to children under five. Place used sparklers in a bucket of sand or water.
  • If you are having a bonfire, locate it downwind from any fireworks and keep it supervised at all times. Never put fireworks on a bonfire, used or unused.

 

It's also good courtesy to let your neighbours know when you are planning to set off fireworks, especially if they are elderly, have young children, pets or if you are setting off fireworks out of season (outside of November or New Year’s Eve).

 

Fireworks must not be set off between 11pm - 7am except for the following dates which have the following exclusion hours:

 

  • November 5th - 12am - 7am
  • New Year’s Eve (December 31st into January 1st) - 1am - 7am
  • The first day following Diwali - 1am - 7am
  • The first day following Chinese New Year - 1am - 7am

 

You may set off fireworks on your own private property or someone else's private property so long as you have their permission to do so. You must not let off fireworks in a public place such as a park or at the beach without permission from the local authority (usually the local or county council).

 

There are four "Categories" of fireworks. Category 1 is for indoor fireworks. We only sell Category 2 (Garden) and Category 3 (Display) fireworks. Both categories are classed as "Adult Fireworks". Currently, Category 2 fireworks have a minimum safety distance of 5 metres while Category 3 fireworks have a minimum safety distance of 25 metres. We recommend enjoying Category 3 fireworks from 40 - 50 metres as they are that big! However, over the next few years fireworks must become CE marked and with this are new minimum safety distances: 8 metres for Category 2 and 25 metres for Category 3. So please be prepared to see a mix of minimum safety distances - we have the information for each product on our website but always read the firework labelling to see what safety distances you should adhere to.

 

Finally, Category 4 fireworks are reserved for professionals only as they are a lot more dangerous to use. You must never buy or use Category 4 fireworks unless you are trained and qualified to do so - it is both illegal and highly dangerous.

 

  • It is illegal to sell adult fireworks to anyone under the age of 18.
  • No person under the age of 18 shall possess fireworks in an adult firework in a public place.
  • It is illegal to tamper or modify fireworks.

 

More information please see the following:

 

https://www.gov.uk/fireworks-the-law

http://www.hse.gov.uk/explosives/fireworks/industry.htm

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2004/1836/contents/made

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1553/contents/made

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