Stay safe this Bonfire Night


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. 


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