Fireworks Safety – The Firework code

Firework safety adviceNow is a good time to review the fireworks safety rules to ensure that bonfire night this weekend goes off with a good bang. Essex Police provide a comprehensive list of safety rules. Here are the key facts. Please note that the laws regarding the selling of fireworks apply to online purchases too.

Fireworks and Law

  • It is illegal for under 18s to buy fireworks – all shops should refuse to sell to people under 18 or ask for proof of age if there is any doubt
  • It is against the law to carry adult fireworks (anything other than caps, sparklers, cracker snaps and indoor fireworks) if you are under 18 the penalty is a fine of up to £5,000 or a 6 month prison sentence

Fireworks Safety

  • Don’t throw fireworks at anyone or anything, follow the instructions carefully and light them a good distance away from people
  • Don’t light fireworks after 11pm (midnight on 5th November)
  • Make sure you have plenty of space for fireworks and bonfires, away from trees and buildings
  • Keep all children well away from fireworks and fires and under control at all times

Keep Animals Safe

  • Animals can be extremely frightened of fireworks. Keep pets indoors.

The Firework Code

  • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
  • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box.
  • Follow the instructions on each firework.
  • Light at arm’s length, using a taper.
  • Stand well back.
  • Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
  • Always supervise children around fireworks.
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
  • Never give sparklers to a child under five.
  • Keep pets indoors.

Look here for details of Firework Displays in Essex

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