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Firework Safety

Organised firework displays

We are really keen for members of the public to attend organised events, as fireworks can be very dangerous and no matter how careful you are, accidents can still happen. By going along to an organised display you get to see great fireworks and everyone has a great time in a safe, controlled environment.

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 others

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 hurt. 

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 under five.

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 accidents.

Changes to the law mean that it is now an offence for under-18s to be in possession of fireworks in a public place.  If you plan to let your own fireworks off, please view our additional page on the Safe use of Fireworks, Legislation and the Law.

To report misuse of fireworks call your local police (Cornwall and Devon) by dialling 101 or call crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you would like free advice on any aspect of fire safety, contact our Freephone Community Fire Safety Helpline on 0800 3581 999.

Any general enquiries should be directed to: 0300 1234 232

View our information on Dialling 999 in an emergency.