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Fireworks Safety

Fireworks, sparklers and bonfires safety tips

With Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas coming up, here's how you can keep your home safe.

There are more than 40,000 house fires in the UK every year, and the time around Halloween and Bonfire Night can be particularly hazardous.

Bonfire Night is Britain's annual celebration of November 5. We usually celebrate with bonfires, fireworks displays and of course sparklers at our homes and in public.

But these celebrations can be very dangerous!


Only adults should deal with setting up firework displays, the lighting of fireworks and the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used. Children and young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance

  1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable
  2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time
  3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
  4. Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back
  5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  7. Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
  9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.


Sparklers are often viewed as being harmless but they burn at fierce temperatures, equivalent to a welding torch.

  1. It is recommended that sparklers are not given to under-5s
  2. Make sure everyone handling sparklers wears gloves
  3. Hold sparklers at arm’s length while being lit
  4. Don’t wave sparklers about close to other people
  5. Never hold a baby in your arms while you are holding a sparkler
  6. When the sparkler has finished put it in a bucket of cold water.


  1. One person should be responsible for the bonfire and children should be supervised
  2. Choose a site away from wooden fences, sheds and where children will be playing
  3. Never pour petrol, paraffin or meths on to a fire 
  4. Keep a bucket of water handy in case of an accident
  5. Avoid loose clothing and tie back long hair
  6. After the party, pour water on the fire, rather than leaving it to burn out.

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