Firework Safety

Firework Safety

Firework Safety

Our technical firework teams in the UK and Shiu Fung in China work on a rolling programme of new firework product development consulting customers and undertaking market research in order to keep up-to-date with all pyrotechnic developments.

At Shiu Fung’s state of the art research and development laboratory, the PyroDesign Team’s innovations and dreams are turned into realities.

All Black Cat Fireworks and Standard Fireworks are subjected to a strict quality control testing program and are CE and BS EN 15947 compliant.


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 CE and BS EN 15947 (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: A 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
Finally: 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.

The Firework Code

The Firework Code 2018

  • Do not buy fireworks from UNLICENCED retailers. These fireworks may not be safe and illegal.
  • Only buy fireworks marked CE (BSEN 15947).
  • Always keep fireworks in a closed box. Take them out one at a time and close the box.
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket.
  • Be considerate. Let your neighbours know you will be having a display, especially if they are elderly or they have pets or children.
  • Avoid setting fireworks off late at night, particularly if it is a school-night.
  • Ensure pets are safe.
  • Carefully follow the instructions on EACH firework.
  • Never go back to a lit firework unless the instructions advise otherwise.
  • Never throw fireworks; it is dangerous.
  • Do not light fireworks under the influence of alcohol.
  • Light fireworks one at a time at arm’s length, at the end of the fuse, using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick.
  • Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire.



  • Always keep children with sparklers under close supervision.
  • Do not give sparklers to a child under the age of five.
  • Light only one sparkler at a time at its outer most end and do not inhale smoke.
  • Hold sparklers at arm’s length and wear gloves.
  • Keep sparklers away from any part of the body and flammable materials.
  • Spent sparklers remain very hot – Put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of sand or water.

Fireworks Times

You can let fireworks off any time of year and any day of the week including Sundays, but you must only let them off between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Exceptions to the 11 p.m. rule are:

  • November 5th (Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes): You can let fireworks off until midnight.
  • Diwali: You can let fireworks off until 1 a.m.
  • December 31st (New Year’s Eve): You can let fireworks off until 1 a.m.
  • Chinese New Year: You can let fireworks off until 1 a.m.

Fireworks and Animals

As a responsible firework supplier we now include some low noise selection boxes and small rockets in some of the ranges available from major high street stockists. The RSPCA and the Blue Cross (Britain’s Pet Charity) recommend the following guidelines in order to keep any animal/pet safe during the Bonfire season and around fireworks.

Dogs & Cats

Keep dogs and cats inside when fireworks are being let off. Make sure your dog is walked earlier in the day before the fireworks start. Close all windows and doors, and block off cat flaps to stop pets escaping and to keep noise to a minimum. Draw the curtains, and if the animals are used to the sounds of TV or radio, switch them on (but not too loudly) in order to block out some of the noise of the fireworks.

Small pets

Small pets e.g. rabbits, hamsters, mice and birds, are the most vulnerable to fireworks – make sure you: Take hutches/cages into a garage or shed, or, a quiet room indoors if possible. Give your pet extra bedding to burrow into so it feels safe.

Horses & Ponies

If you are aware that horses, ponies or cattle are housed nearby, ensure you let the owners know, in advance that you intend to set off fireworks. If you know your animals react badly to loud noises perhaps consider moving them for the night.

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