Follow our easy checklist on how to maintain a safe environment with fireworks.

Buying the Environmental Friendly Fireworks:

  • Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer
  • Inform your neighbours and be aware of their concerns e.g. pets, livestock, etc
  • Ensure that the fireworks you are buying are Category 2 and 3 also known as consumer fireworks in order to comply with British Standards (BS 7114).
  • Read the instructions during daylight hours
  • One person – clearly identified – should be responsible for the fireworks

Things you’ll need:

  • Torch for checking product instructions
  • Bucket of water
  • Gloves and eye protection
  • Bucket of soft earth to stick fireworks in
  • Appropriate support for wheels and fountains, and proper launchers for rockets

The day of the display:

  • Try to avoid setting off noisy fireworks during the late hours of the evening and never after 11 pm.
  • Don’t drink alcohol if you are responsible for setting off the fireworks
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length
  • Stand well back and keep spectators at least 25 metres away from the display
  • Never go back to a lit firework
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
  • Supervise children at all times
  • Store fireworks in a metal box and keep it closed between use
  • Keep pets indoors or in a different location if possible

After the display:

  • Leave all used fireworks for at least 15 minutes after firing to cool down
  • Use gloves or tongs to collect spent fireworks

When using sparklers:

  • Unsuitable for children under five
  • Light one at a time
  • Wear gloves at all times when lit
  • Put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of sand or water

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