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Is your garden fit for fireworks?

3 November 2020

Fireworks campaign The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) wants to raise the public’s awareness that if enjoying fireworks this year, they do so safely and responsibly.

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With no public displays to attend due to Covid-19, the OPSS want to promote the considerate use of fireworks, by encouraging individuals to inform their neighbours that they intend to use fireworks and by reiterating the curfew times. They also want to reaffirm to fireworks retailers their responsibilities in keeping consumers safe.

Some of the most powerful fireworks on the market require a 25 metre cordon. These are NOT appropriate to set off safely in smaller gardens or back yards.

Key messages

  • Enjoy fireworks safely and responsibly
  • Consider whether your garden or outdoor space is an appropriate size
  • Don't let off fireworks close to sheds, shrubs or the property itself
  • Have a bucket of water on hand in case the worst should happen
  • If you choose to buy and use your own, always follow the instructions on the box
  • Store fireworks in their original packaging
  • Keep fireworks dry
  • Keep away from children and pets and from sources of heat or ignition
  • Don’t let children handle fireworks or help out when using
  • Always buy from legitimate and licensed sellers and never from social media sites
  • Check fireworks are CE marked before purchasing
  • Respect cordon advice which is appropriate for each type of firework
  • Retailers must store fireworks safely (guidance on HSE’s website) and never sell fireworks to under 18s
  • Check the category is suitable for your circumstances (category info can be found on the label)
  • Be considerate to neighbours
  • Stick to traditional celebration dates and curfew hours
  • Adhere to current government guidelines on social distancing and mixing households 
  • Keep pets and vulnerable people safe and protect wildlife
  • Dispose of used fireworks safely 

Further advice and links can be found on our Bonfire Night Safety page