FireworksRemember, Remember..........Safety first!!

Everybody knows that fireworks can be dangerous when they are not handled correctly.  If you are intending to stage your own private firework display this year, please seek information and advise on firework safety first. 

The Bonfire and the positioning
  • Locate the bonfire at least 15m away from other areas, buildings, roads, railways and public rights of way.
  • Downwind of spectators, to prevent their view being obscured by smoke and burning ashes being blown into the firework team. 
  • A safe distance from flammable or otherwise dangerous materials (e.g. petrol, liquefied petroleum gas) and overhead power lines. 
Construction of the bonfire
  • Use dry material with heavy bulk items forming the core of the fire, arranged so that the bonfire collapses inwards. 
  • Do not burn dangerous rubbish like foam-filled furniture, old tyres, aerosols, bottles, tins of paint, etc. 
  • Avoid light materials such as corrugated cardboard which is liable to blow about when burning and/or burnt. 
  • Tie the guy securely to the top of the bonfire. 
  • Cover the bonfire to keep materials dry. 
Before lighting your bonfire
  • During daylight, check that the construction is stable and remove any unsuitable materials that may have been added. Look for fireworks, aerosols, highly inflammable materials or containers containing such materials. 
  • Check then and immediately before lighting that there are no children or animals inside. 
Lighting your bonfire
  • One person should be responsible for lighting the bonfire. 
  • Never use petrol, paraffin or other flammable liquids to start the fire. 
  • Use paper and solid firelighters from two or three places to ensure an even burn. 
  • The person looking after the bonfire should not wear lightweight clothing which could ignite relatively easily. They are recommended to wear a substantial outer garment of wool or other material of low flammability and stout boots or shoes.
  • They need to know what to do in the event of a burn injury or a person's clothing catching fire.
  • They need to have a fire blanket ready in the bonfire area.
  • It is preferable not to light the bonfire before setting off the fireworks as stray sparks may accidentally set them off.

For more information on the legislation relating to Fireworks and advice, please read the leaflet under Related Documents.

Community guide to organising bonfires and fireworks (external website)

Firework Information (websites found under External Links)

The Department of Trade and Industry are responsible for national firework law. 

There is also information on the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)  and on the Health & Safety Executive website.