If you're planning on hosting a fireworks party, be safe, not sorry and keep it free from accidents by following the fireworks code.
The Fireworks Code
- Fireworks should not be sold to any person under the age of 18
- Ideally attend an organised display
- Buy Fireworks with a CE marking
- 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 rockets
- Leave the lighting of fireworks to responsible adults only
- 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 (1am)
- 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 to property.
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.
Further Information and Guidance
- Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 >>(link opens in a new window)
- Storing and Selling fireworks safely (PDF:167KB) >> (link opens in a new window)
- Storage of fireworks in retail premises (PDF:49KB) >> (link opens in a new window)
- More information on the Control of Explosives Regulations >> (link opens in a new window)
- The Firework Regulations 2004 >> (link opens in a new window)
- Storing and Selling Fireworks Safely >> (link opens in a new window)
- Retailers risk Assessment Checklist >> (link opens in a new window)