Having your own fireworks party or celebrating with family and friends can be great fun. But by far the safest way to enjoy these seasonal activities is to attend a professionally organised event.
We want everyone to enjoy a safe and trouble free Bonfire Night and are working with Trading Standards to ensure fireworks aren’t sold to those who are under 18.
Please think of others and remember that fireworks should not be let off between 11pm and 7am. And that setting off a firework in a public place is an offence.
Always follow the fireworks code; www.saferfireworks.com/
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
- Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
- Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back.
- Keep naked flames, including cigarettes away from fireworks.
- Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
- Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
- Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
- Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
- Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving
You should also remember:
- Only buy / use fireworks that are either labelled with the British Standard Kitemark BS7114 or the European equivalents EN14035 or EN15947
- Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
- Always supervise children around fireworks, sparklers of a bonfire
- Never give sparklers to children under 5
- Don’t forget your pets! Keep them safe indoors and make sure they have a comfortable, quiet space to relax in.
- Thames Valley Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at any time of year
To report anti-social behaviour, call 101, the 24-hour Thames Valley Police non-emergency number. If you feel threatened, if it’s an emergency, or if a crime is in progress call 999.