Always Follow the Firework Code
- It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under 18
- Ensure that all children are supervised
- Read instructions carefully, using a torch or hand lampNEVERuse a naked flame
- Light fireworks at arms length using a taper or firework lighter
- Stand well back andNEVERreturn to a firework after it has been lit, it could explode in your face
- Keep fireworks in a sealed box or tin
- Use them one at a time, replacing the lid immediately
- NEVERthrow fireworks
- NEVERput fireworks in your pocket
- Take care with sparklers, wear gloves to hold them and dispose of sparklers in a bucket of water as soon as they are finished
- NEVERgive sparklers to a child under 5
- Keep all pets and animals indoors
- Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
- Only buy fireworks marked CE or BS7114 or BSEN15947
Advanced Safety GuidelinesWatching fireworks can be great fun especially for children. But figures show that more often than not, it is children rather than adults who get hurt by fireworks. Over the past five years over 350 pre-school children, some as young as one year old, were treated in hospital for firework injuries.
Follow our easy check list for a safe home firework display.Have Fun, but please do it safely!
Before the Display
- Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer.
- Mackays of Cambridge Ltd have invested in a all year round licence to sell Fireworks, and we work closely with Trading Standards.
- Check the fireworks you buy are suitable for the size of garden and conform to British Standards (BS 7114).
- Inform neighbours and be aware of their concerns, pets especially can become very upset, please be considerate.
- Thoroughly read the instructions in daylight.
- A responsible adult should be clearly identified as the person setting off the fireworks.
- It is advisable to have a torch for checking instructions.
- Always have a bucket of water nearby.
- Please wear eye protection and gloves.
- Buckets of soft earth or sand to stick fireworks into will provide a safe stable environment for setting off fireworks.
- Suitable strong supports for Catherine Wheels and proper rocket launchers are advised.
During the Display
- Don't set off noisy fireworks late at night. A maximum guide time being 11pm being the latest.
- Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
- Light fireworks at arms length with a taper or portfire.
- Stand well back and keep others back. See individual fireworks for safety instructions.
- NEVER, never, never, go back to a lit firework. If it fails to go off, leave it and much later throw water over it.
- NEVER, never, never, put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
- ALWAYS, always, always, supervise children.
- ALWAYS, always, always, store fireworks in a metal box and keep it closed whilst fireworks are going off.
- ALWAYS, always, always, Keep pets indoors.
After the Display
- Use tongs or gloves to collect spent fireworks and put them into water to make doubly sure they are completely extinguished.
- Do not allow children to play with spent fireworks the chemicals are harmful to them if transferred from the firework to hand to mouth.
- Are unsuitable for children under five years old.
- All Children must be supervised whilst they are being used.
- Only light one sparkler at a time.
- Wear gloves when holding sparklers. Just imagine what they could do to a young unprotected hand.
- Put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of sand or water.
- Should be at least 18 meters away from houses, sheds or fences.
- Do use domestic fire-lighters.
- NEVER, never, never, use petrol, paraffin or other flammable liquids.Your eyesight is valuable to you!
- if possible have a garden hose available and ready for use. If a hose isn't available have buckets of water to hand.