Preparing a display
We would always advise that people attend an organised fireworks display - but if you're holding one here are some key things to think about.
You can find your nearest official display by checking local press and visiting your local authority's website.
Things you will need on the night
It's easy to get a few household things together, these are:
- A closed metal box to store the fireworks - take them out one at a time
- A bucket of water - to cool sparklers and put out any small fires
- Eye protection and gloves
- A bucket of earth to stick fireworks in.
Follow these simple guidelines to stay safe:
- Only one person should be responsible for letting off fireworks
- Don't drink alcohol if you are setting off fireworks
- Light fireworks at arm's length, using a taper
- Make sure everyone stands well back
- Never go back to a firework that has been lit - even if it hasn't gone off it could still explode.
Keep a safe distance
There are two categories of fireworks you can legally buy to use in your garden, CAT F2 and CAT F3. The category will be clearly marked on the outside of the box:
- With CAT F2 fireworks, everyone in your party must stand at least 8 metres away for safety. That’s around 26 ft - or the length of two family cars parked end-to-end!
- CAT F3 fireworks have a minimum distance of 25 metres, or about 82 feet. You really need a garden the length of a local swimming pool for CAT F3 fireworks.
- CAT F4 fireworks are NOT for private use.
If you’re having friends or family over for your firework display, you must make them aware of the minimum safe distance for the fireworks you’re using.
Other tips on the night
- Keep pets indoors - most animals get very scared by the lights and noise from fireworks
- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
- Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire
- Take care around bonfires - all clothes, even those labelled 'low flammability', can catch fire.
Download our Bonfire & Fireworks Safety leaflet so you can enjoy your evening responsibly.