Firework safety

Fireworks and the law

It is an offence for anyone under the age of 18 to possess fireworks in public places, and an offence for anyone, other than a firework professional, to possess professional display fireworks.

Police have the power to issue fixed penalty notices to those under the age of 18 caught with fireworks in a public place.

It is illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am. On November 5th displays can continue until midnight, and on certain occasions, such as New Year’s Eve, Diwali, and Chinese New Year, fireworks can be set off until 1am.

Firework safety code

  • Only buy fireworks marked with the British Standard Kitemark BS7114
  • Don't drink alcohol if you're setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and always follow the instructions carefully when using them
  • Light them at arms length using a taper and stand well back
  • Never go back to them once they are lit. Even if a firework hasn't gone off, it could still explode
  • Never throw fireworks, and never put them in your pocket
  • Respect your neighbours – don’t let off fireworks late at night and remember there are laws to follow
  • Take care with sparklers – never give them to children under five. Even when they've gone out they're still hot, so put sparklers in a bucket of water after use
  • Keep your pets indoors throughout the evening.

Organising special events

We work with local licensing authorities and with event organisers to make clubs, pubs, sports grounds, and concerts safe with fire safety and prevention measures in place.

If you are concerned about a fire risk that may be a danger to life, please contact us during normal office hours or use our contact form.

Help yourself stay safe by using our simple guidance:

  • Be aware of the locations of emergency exits
  • Listen carefully to any safety advice given
  • Notify a member of staff if you notice that a fire exit is blocked, or fire doors have been wedged open
  • If there is a fire, stay calm and raise the alarm
  • Move as quickly as possible. Don't try to pick up valuables or possessions
  • If necessary call the fire brigade on 999 and clearly state the address of the fire
  • Do not attempt to fight a fire yourself – seek assistance from the event organisers.