If you’re planning to host your own fireworks display this year, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service advise the following:
- Keep fireworks in a closed box and use one at a time
- Always read and follow the instructions on each firework
- 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’s been lit
- Don’t put fireworks in pockets
- Never throw fireworks
- Direct rocket fireworks well away from spectators
- Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
- Ensure the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving
Disposing of spent fireworks
- Never put fireworks (even fully spent ones) on the bonfire
- Never bury fireworks
- Soak misfired or partly spent fireworks in a container of water and contact the manufacturer or supplier for advice on disposal
Did you know?
- Fireworks must not be sold to anyone who is under 18.
- It is an offence under the Explosives Act 1875 to modify or tamper with fireworks.
- Sparklers can reach temperatures more than 15 times hotter than boiling water – be careful!
Further information can be downloaded from the DW Fire website.