If you're planning on hosting a fireworks party, be
safe, not sorry and keep it free from accidents by following the
The Fireworks Code
Fireworks should not be sold to any person under the age of
Ideally attend an organised display
Buy fireworks marked BS 7114;
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 5;
Keep pets indoors;
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
Leave the lighting of fireworks to responsible adults
Planning on hosting a bonfire?
Don't Break the Law!
It's illegal to let fireworks off between 11pm and 7am, except
on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year
It's illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess
fireworks in a public place.
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 634 0880 and the Fire
Service will collect them.
It will also minimise the potential of fireworks returning to
streets or being set off in houses causing serious injury or damage
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are currently
running a fireworks amnesty. The aim of the amnesty is to drive
down firework related incidents 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.