The ROSPA Firework Code
Fireworks are explosive. Get wise or get hurt.
If you are planning to have your own fireworks at a celebration or party,
it is very important that you and your children brush up on your Firework Code.
If you are planning to have your own fireworks at a celebration or party. it is very important that you and your children brush up on your Firework Code.
1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework, using a torch if necessary.
4. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks except when ready to set one off.
5. Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
7. Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe
Extras …… if you are planning a firework or bonfire be prepared.
• Make sure one person is responsible for the event, from early planningg to clearing up
• Make sure you have enough room to host fireworks and / or a bonfire
• Don’t site the event too near to fences or trees. Make sure your display is not near the storage of your fireworks
• Check immediately before lighting that there is no animal or child anywhere near
• If you are burning a bonfire make sure there is no dangerous rubbish near by or that has been placed on the bonfire like aerosols, paint tins or foam filled furniture
• If you are planning a public display it is very important to keep the authorities informed of your plans. You should contact: the fire brigade, police, first aid service, and local authorities.
• Remember fireworks notmarked with ‘Companies with BS7114 Part 2 1988’ are suitable for use only by professionals. Onlylight fireworks that carry this sentence.
• After the event make sure everyone is safely away from the area where the fireworks were let off.
• Make sure all fireworks are extinguished and ensure bonfires are completely out.
• Spent firework cases must be gathered. Look out for fireworks with a torch and use tongs or some other suitable tool along with gloves to collect the cases.
• DON’Tallow children to collect the cases.
• If you find fireworks that have not gone off, but have been lit soak them immediately in a bucket of water.