Now 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
- 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