Fireworks often play a big part in celebrations like Bonfire Night, Diwali and Chinese New Year.
But users often forget that fireworks are explosives and burn at high temperatures, so they need careful handling and storage.
We recommend that people attend professionally organised fireworks events but, if you do have your own fireworks party, follow these safety tips:
- don’t buy fireworks from anywhere dodgy, like a van or a temporary, unlicensed market stall
- only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or with a CE mark – this shows that the firework meets British or European safety standards (a reputable shop will know this)
- follow the instructions on each firework – read them in daylight or by torchlight, never by a naked flame
- make suitable supports and launchers if you’re setting off Catherine wheels or rockets.
Our fireworks safety leaflet will help you plan a successful event.