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Fireworks Safety Advice

If you're planning on hosting a fireworks party "be safe, not sorry" and keep it free from accidents by following the Fireworks Code.

The Fireworks Code

  • Fireworks should not be sold to any person under the age of 18.
  • Ideally attend an organised display.
  • Buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or CE.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed metal box.
  • Follow the instructions on each firework.
  • Light them at arm's length using a taper.
  • Stand well back.
  • Never go back to a lit firework.
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby if you are setting off fireworks in your garden.
  • Never throw fireworks.
  • Keep pets indoors.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix and may lead to injury.

Other Safety Tips

  • Buy fireworks from a reputable retailer.
  • Always supervise children around fireworks.
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
  • Never give sparklers to a child under the age of 5.
  • Prepare for the party in advance, and in daylight. On the night you will need a torch, a bucket of water, eye protection and gloves, a bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in and suitable supports and launchers if you're setting off Catherine wheels or rockets.
  • Leave the lighting of fireworks to responsible adults only.

Don't Break the Law!

  • It's illegal to let fireworks off between 23:00 and 07:00, except on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year (01:00).
  • It's illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess fireworks in a public place.

Fireworks Amnesty

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is running a fireworks amnesty with the aim to drive down firework related accidents and keep Greater Manchester safe during the Bonfire period. The amnesty allows members of the public wishing to dispose of fireworks to do so safely, by calling 0800 555 815 so that the Fire Service can collect them.

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