Show some respect and stay safe this Fireworks Night

With COVID restrictions in place this year, it is impossible for many organised firework displays to take place.

If you are planning on holding a firework party, please remember you will need to follow the fireworks code, practice social distancing and make sure you do not break the rule of six.

It is also important that you are considerate of neighbours and any pets that live nearby. Fireworks can be scary for small children and elderly people and can cause great distress to animals.

If you are planning to light bonfires and let off fireworks, please get in touch with your neighbours and give them plenty of notice so they can look after themselves and their animals. Please avoid purchasing really noisy fireworks.

Fireworks should be treated with respect, only bought from reputable suppliers and only used in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and the Fireworks Code:

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm (12pm on November 5)
  • Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them 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
  • Don't build bonfires, they can spread out of control very quickly
  • Always supervise children around fireworks

See our dedicated fireworks night safety webpage for more information.

Residents are also reminded of the fire risk and the environmental harm that sky lanterns cause and are asked to refrain from releasing them.

29 October 2020