Last updated: 09/07/2013
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Don't be a fool with fireworks...
Fireworks are safe if you use them properly.
Enjoy bonfire night at an organised display and follow the
firework safety code:
- Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
- Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
- 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. Even if it hasn't
gone off, it could still explode.
- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
- Always supervise children around fireworks.
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
- Never give sparklers to a child under five.
- Keep pets indoors.
Be responsible for your actions and think about
If you plan to attend a professional fireworks display the
information provided on this page is just as important if you are
putting on a home display. Follow the simple steps to
make sure that everyone has a good time without getting
Keep Kids Safe
We want children to enjoy fireworks but they need to know that
they can be dangerous if they are not used properly.
Children - including babies and toddlers - suffer over half of
all firework injuries and many of these are babies and toddlers.
Children's scars may heal but the trauma for them and their parents
can last for years.
You may also like to visit our page on Keeping your pets safe as you should
take precautions to protect your pets during the times of the year
when fireworks are likely to be set off.
Did you know that sparklers get five times hotter than cooking
oil? Sparklers are not toys and should never be given to a child
The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) and the Business
Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) work together to try
and reduce the number of injuries to children, particularly those
under five, caused by fireworks.
Go to the CAPT website for more
information on keeping children safe from fireworks and other
If you plan to let your own fireworks off, please view our
additional page on the Safe
Use of Fireworks, Legislation and the Law.
Young people and the law
Changes to the law mean that it is now an offence for under-18s
to be in possession of fireworks in a public place. Please
visit the Safe Use of Fireworks, Legislation and the
Law for more detailed information.
Misuse of fireworks
To report misuse of fireworks call your local police (Cornwall
and Devon) by dialling 101 or call crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111.
Fire safety leaflet
View the free leaflet:
Fire Safety when celebrating
Contact the Fire and Rescue Service if you would
like one sent to you.
If you would like free advice on any aspect of fire safety,
contact our Freephone Community Fire Safety Helpline on 0800 3581
Any general enquiries should be directed to: 0300 1234 232
View our information on Dialling 999 in an emergency.
Outdoor fire safety
Fire Safety in the home
Cornwall Fire and Rescue