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Firework safety advice

Fireworks are a traditional part of enjoying celebrations such as Bonfire Night or New Year but they are the cause of many hundreds of serious accidents every year - it should be remembered that they are dangerous explosives. The safest way to enjoy them is to go to a professionally organised event, but the November COVID-19 lockdown means that no Bonfire Night events will be taking place this year. 

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills ( BIS) provides downloadable guidance leaflets and materials including the Firework Safety Code for organisers of firework displays for the public, retailers selling fireworks, schools and the media.

Remember that pets are frightened of fireworks - always keep them indoors.

Follow the Firework Code

If you buy fireworks, always make sure they have a CE mark. North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has this advice.

In general, it's best practice to:

  • Keep fireworks in a sealed box or tin
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket
  • Read the instructions carefully, using a torch or hand lamp never use a naked flame
  • Light the firework at arms length using a taper or a firework lighter
  • Stand well back and never return to a firework after it has been lit, it could explode in your face
  • Ensure that all children with fireworks are well supervised
  • Never throw fireworks
  • Keep all pets and animals indoors
  • Wear gloves to hold sparklers and dispose of them in a bucket of water as soon as they are finished; and
  • Take care - despite annual safety warnings, the week of Bonfire Night still ends in disaster for far too many families. Fireworks can provide fun and entertainment, but only if everyone follows the right safety procedures and remembers that fireworks can be very dangerous if misused.

Remember to be careful with bonfires too. It is much better to manage without one, but if you are building your own, make sure it is well away from your house and any trees, hedges, fences or sheds. Never use a flammable liquid like petrol or paraffin to get one going. If lighting your bonfire is difficult, use domestic firelighters to help. Check very carefully that there is no animal (or even a young child) hidden inside the bonfire.

Do not light it until after all your fireworks have been let off. Keep everyone a safe distance away and do not allow anyone to throw anything onto it.

Loose clothing can very easily catch alight and should never be worn near any fire. Long scarves can be risky too.

Licences for the storage and sale of fireworks and further information can be obtained from North Yorkshire Trading Standards.

Community guide to organising bonfires and firework displays (PDF, 7 pages, 63kb)

Disposing of fireworks and sparklers

Fireworks in your household bin come to Allerton Waste Recovery Park and can cause fires resulting in damage to the plant, and more seriously, injury or death to the people handling your waste.

Please do not put fireworks in your household bin. 

All used and unused fireworks should be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre where they will be disposed of safely.

Before transporting fireworks to the HWRC, make sure you take the following precautions.

  1. Soak all fireworks (used, unused, duds) in a bucket of water for 24 hours, making sure they are thoroughly wet through
  2. Drain any excess water and dispose of it carefully - do not let it drain into the ground
  1. Put the soaked fireworks into a plastic bag and close it to maintain the moisture. Take extra care with sparklers as they are sharp. Consider double bagging to stop them poking through

To find your nearest HWRC, go to North Yorkshire County Council



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Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

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