Fireworks - Safe Sell, Safe Use
Last updated: 04/04/2013
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Safe Sell, Safe Use
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) and Devon and Cornwall
Police are working in partnership with all major
retailers to ensure that members of the
public organising their own firework displays, do so in a
safe and responsible manner.
CFRS and Devon and Cornwall Police carried out a firework
safety initiative in the Bodmin area after a serious incident
and loss of life involving the misuse of fireworks.
We are asking all firework retailers in Cornwall to take part in
our "Safe Sell, Safe Use" firework safety campaign.
For reference, you might also like to view our page on Safe Use of Fireworks, Legislation and the
Law which is aimed at members of the public that
plan to set their own fireworks off.
How your business can help
We would like your business to become an active partner in this
very important campaign by asking your staff to place the "Safe
Sell, Safe Use" stickers provided on to every box of fireworks that
If your business has not received a firework safety pack from
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, please contact Cornwall Fire and
Rescue Service to request one.
If you are unsure about your responsibilities, have a query or
need any advice, call the 24 hour Fire Safety Advice telephone on
0800 3581 999 or email us at: email@example.com
Firework Legislation and the Law
As a retailer, you should be aware of your responsibilities
and changes to legislation.
New legislation has been introduced to help to make fireworks
safer to use and to tackle their deliberate misuse. It affects how
fireworks are imported, sold and used, and places restrictions on
possession. It means that fireworks will be safer, less noisy and
can only be let off at certain times. It also means that those
misusing them to either damage property or injure will be able to
be dealt with by the relevant authorities. As a consumer, you along
with retailers, have new responsibilities.
The age for purchasing fireworks remains the same in that Party
Poppers, Snaps, Throw Downs, Caps, Novelty Matches and Serpents may
only only be supplied to persons over the age of 16 whilst all
other fireworks (including sparklers) may only be supplied to
persons over the age of 18 years.
It is an offense for under 18's to possess adult fireworks in
public places and an offence for anyone (other than a professional)
to possess category 4 (professional display) fireworks.
Retailers are required to display the following notice in an A3
size with lettering at least 16mm high in a prominent position:
"It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age
of 18 and it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess
fireworks in a public place."
Failure to comply with the law can lead to a penalty of up to
£5,000 and six months imprisonment.
Please note: You will need a licence to store
and sell fireworks which is available from Cornwall Fire and Rescue
Service by ringing 01872 323931.
The changes to the law mean that some fireworks can only be
bought and used by firework professionals.
- Any firework which does not comply with BS 7114 or BS EN
15947-1/2/3/4/5:2010 (compliance is normally stated on the firework
- Air bombs.
- Aerial shells, aerial maroons, shells-in-mortar and
- All bangers, (including batteries containing bangers, such as
- Mini rockets.
- Some category 2 and 3 fireworks (as defined by BS 7114), which
exceed size limits in the 1997 regulations.
- Fireworks with erratic flight (e.g. ground spinners, jumping
- All Category 4 fireworks (large display fireworks).
- Retail boxes of fireworks may not be split and sold
- Packs of sparklers have to bear a warning - "warning: not to be
given to children under five years of age".
- Fireworks that fall outside the regulations must be labelled -
"This device may not be sold to, or used by, a member of the
general public and may not be supplied to the public".
(Please note the word 'supplied' is used to cover sale, giving
away, or possession for supply in the course of a business or part
of a business).
What to do with banned stock
Please examine your old stock and your new stock for any banned
products. Your supplier can help you to identify any
incorrect stock. Any banned stock can only be disposed of in
the following manner:
- Return it to your supplier.
- Sell it to a professional display operator (i.e. a person
competent, trained and insured for such activities).
- Sell it to a professional special effects operator.
The following document details everything retailers need to
know about selling fireworks:
Business Fire Safety
Cornwall Fire and Rescue