Firework safety

Ensuring firework safety is important. It is vital to take all necessary precautions to prevent any accidents.

Firework Safety

Our advice is always to attend an organised public firework display. It's safer and better for the environment. 

This page will be updated for details of organised events across Scotland. We strongly encourage anyone who does wish to host a private event to familiarise themselves with our firework code and fire safety guidance.

The firework code should be your first port of call before buying fireworks. By following the code, you can drive down the risk of your domestic display ending in injury. 

Sadly, it is often children who are injured by fireworks. Ensure only adults handle fireworks and children watch from a safe distance. 

The impact of fireworks

For many Bonfire Night is a time to celebrate, but for others it can be an unpleasant experience. 

Please consider your neighbours and animals when using fireworks. 

Fireworks can be overwhelming for people with a sensory impairment such as those with neurological differences such as autism. 

Animals can also find fireworks particularly distressing. 

Fireworks and the law

The Scottish Government has details on the current changes to fireworks law.

It is illegal for the general public to use fireworks before 6pm or after 11pm. This extends to midnight on Bonfire Night and 1am on Hogmanay, Chinese New Year and Diwali. 

All fireworks are given a category from 1 to 4. It's illegal for adults to buy or supply fireworks to anyone under the age of 18, except category F1 fireworks. Category F1 fireworks include items such as party poppers, novelty crackers and some sparklers. 

Retailers are required to state the category of any firework they sell. 

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It is always safer to attend a organised public display. If it's necessary for you to have a home fireworks display, follow the Fireworks Code at all times.