Firework Standards and Safety

Firework Safety Checklist

We suggest you follow the steps listed below to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable Bonfire Night.

Before your firework display

Preparation is key to enjoying fireworks safely:

  • We suggest that you buy a reputable brand of fireworks from a retailer that you trust 
  • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 (This proves that the firework complies with the strict British Standard and is not an illegal imported firework)

Things you will need on the night

It’s easy to get a few household things together, these are:

  • closed metal box to store the fireworks – take them out one at a time 
  • Follow the instructions on each firework – read them by torchlight, never by a naked flame 
  • A bucket of water to extinguish sparklers  
  • Eye protection and gloves 
  • Ensure you have a bucket of sand, or earth to embed the fireworks to the “bury to line” instructions on fireworks such as Cakes and Single Ignitions and a suitable post for securing Catherine wheels

Lighting fireworks

Follow these simple guidelines to stay safe using fireworks:

  • Only one person should be responsible for letting off fireworks 
  • Don’t drink alcohol if you are setting off fireworks 
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length, using a taper 
  • Make sure everyone stands well back watching the fireworks (Spectator distances are provided on each firework) 
  • Never go back to a firework that has been lit – even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode


Sparklers are fun, but always:

  • Supervise children with sparklers and never give them to a child under five 
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves 
  • Put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of sand or water

Other tips on the night


  • Keep pets indoors  
  • Let neighbours know that you will be setting off fireworks, especially if they are elderly 
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them 
  • Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire 
  • Take care around bonfires

For further advise/publications etc visit:

UK’s Firework Safety website

RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) 

Direct Gov – National Archives – Firework Safety

Fire Service – Firework Safety Advice 

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