Safety is First!
- Buy fireworks marked CE (BSEN 15947) Only.
- Always Secure, keep fireworks in a closed box. and Take them out one at a time.
- Never put fireworks in your pocket.
- Always be considerate. Let your neighbours know you will be having fireworks, especially if they are elderly or they have pets or children.
- Avoid setting fireworks off late at night.
- Ensure All pets are safe and secure.
- Always carefully follow the instructions on EACH firework.
- Never go back to a lit firework.
- Never throw fireworks.
- Do Not Drink, Never light fireworks under the influence of alcohol.
- Light fireworks at arm’s length, at the end of the fuse, using a safety firework lighter.
- Never throw spent fireworks in a bonfire.
STAY SAFE. DON’T BECOME A NUISANCE.
- Never give children under the age of five sparklers.
- Always supervise children with sparklers.
- Light one sparkler at a time.
- Do not inhale the smoke.
- Always hold sparklers, at arm’s length.
- Use gloves for extra safety.
- Never fool around with sparklers.
- Spent sparklers remain extremely hot – Put spent sparklers in a bucket of water or sand.
You can let fireworks off any time of year and any day of the week including Sundays, but you must only let them off between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Exceptions to the 11 p.m. rule are:
November 5th (Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes): You can let fireworks off until midnight.
Diwali: You can let fireworks off until 1 a.m.
December 31st (New Year’s Eve): You can let fireworks off until 1 a.m.
Chinese New Year: You can let fireworks off until 1 a.m.
Safety For Pets
- Keep dogs and cats inside when fireworks are being let off.
- Make sure your dog is walked earlier in the day before the fireworks start.
- Close all windows and doors, and block off cat flaps to stop pets escaping and to keep noise to a minimum.
- Draw the curtains, and if the animals are used to the sounds of TV or radio, switch them on (but not too loudly) in order to block out some of the noise of the fireworks.
- Small pets e.g. rabbits, hamsters, mice and birds, are the most vulnerable to fireworks – make sure you: Take hutches/cages into a garage or shed, or, a quiet room indoors if possible.
- Give your pet extra bedding to burrow into so it feels safe.
- If you are aware that horses, ponies or cattle are housed nearby, ensure you let the owners know, in advance that you intend to set off fireworks.
- If you know your animals react badly to loud noises perhaps consider moving them for the night.