Be safe - not sorry

Fireworks are safe if you use them properly. If you’re putting on a home display, you should follow some simple steps to make sure that everyone has a good time without getting hurt. Children especially need to know that fireworks can be dangerous if they are not used properly. Each year, over half of all firework injuries are suffered by children.

Brentwood Borough Council again supported the national firework safety campaign in the autumn.

Some tips to help you keep safe.

Always buy fireworks from a reputable shop and make sure that they conform to British Standards (BS 7114).

Always read the packet carefully and make sure that the fireworks you buy are suitable for the place where you are going to set them off.

Only one person should be in charge of fireworks. Make sure you take all the necessary precautions. Read the instructions in daylight and don’t drink any alcohol until they have all been discharged. On the night, you will need...

  • a torch
  • a bucket of water,
  • eye protection and gloves,
  • a bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in
  • suitable supports, and
  • launchers if you’re setting off Catherine wheels or rockets.

More tips for a safe fireworks party:

  • 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 - it may still explode.
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
  • Always supervise children around fireworks and keep pets indoors.
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
  • Never give a sparkler to a child under five.

Further information on firework safety is available on the ROSPA website.