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Safety comes 1st here at Epic Fireworks.

Here is a list of the safety features you must follow before having any dealings with fire and fireworks:

It is better to be safe than sorry.

• Make sure that you have safety goggles and a pair of gloves to hand and wear them when lighting fireworks.

• Make sure that there is one person in control of lighting the fireworks.

• Make sure that you have a bucket of water handy for used sparklers and any unspent fireworks.

• Double check your bonfire before lighting, make sure there is nothing inside (hedgehogs are renowned for hiding in bonfires).

• Use the safety port fires to light your fireworks not a lighter and any other naked flame and ALWAYS light them at arm’s length.

• Don’t drink and light fireworks – alcohol and fireworks are not a good combination and they may lead to injury.

• Store your fireworks in a metal box and use them one at a time.

• Make sure that you give pets enough space and somewhere to hide before you set off the fireworks.

• Make sure that you read the instructions fully on the fireworks before lighting them.

• Never throw fireworks.

• Make sure that you have the correct distance when standing and watching the display and point any fireworks away from your audience.

• Never go back to a lit firework even if it hasn’t gone off.

• Make sure there is a first aid kit to hand.

• Always supervise children around fireworks.

• Do not give sparklers to children under 5 years old.

• Do not throw fireworks onto the bonfire.

• Make sure that the fire has been put out fully and any dud or incomplete fireworks are submerged in water for 24-48hrs before leaving the display.

• Notify any neighbours if you are having a display so they can if they need to sort out any animals they may have before.

• Make sure that you adhere to the law and keep an eye on the time. You are able to have fireworks every day between 7am and 11pm. There are exceptions with extended periods for Bonfire Night (midnight) and Diwali, New Year and Chinese New Year (1am).

If ever in doubt; check it out!!

Make sure that everyone is kept safe the next time you have a display!

Firework Code Poster


Epic Fireworks. Use Your Head Or Lose Your Hand. Follow The Firework Code Poster.

Epic Fireworks - 'Use Your Head Or Lose Your Hand' Follow The Firework Code Poster.

When used as per the instructions on the packaging, fireworks are a fascinating and spectacular addition to any late evening event but this is where many of us seem to come unstuck. It is a simple equation really, the reason fireworks are loud and brash is that they are classed as explosives for good reason …. THEY EXPLODE!!

The rules are simple and have changed very little, apart from a few distance recommendations, over the years.

If you are planning on having some fireworks for your birthday, anniversary, 4th July Celebrations or for Easter, you should still be following the firework safety code. This will then ensure that your celebrations are not brought to an abrupt end by a visit to A & E.

Plan your fireworks display in advance to ensure that you have all the support that you need to ensure that everything runs according to plan. Any reputable firework retailer will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Just remember that no question is stupid and they are the experts.

Keep fireworks in a closed box (if you are using selection box fireworks for the garden) and remove each one individually.

If you are firing a consumer display pack, remember that there has to be a MINIMUM 25 METRE SAFETY DISTANCE and if you are insured and do not follow this advice, any damage caused as a result of your misuse will not be covered.

Read and follow the instructions on every firework before use. Preferably using a torch (no naked flames).

Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper or a specialist lighter (port-fires are the safest device if you are not using a firing system). ALL of our consumer display packs come with these and safety goggles.

Keep naked flames away from fireworks – that means no cigarettes!!

Never return to a firework once it has been lit.

Don’t put fireworks in your pockets and never throw them – there is a fine of up to £5000, possible imprisonment for three months or an on the spot fine of £80.00

Make sure that the expected flight path of a rocket is clear and away from the crowd/spectators.

NEVER USE PARAFFIN OR PETROL ON A BONFIRE – you will suddenly find yourself with an uncontrollable fire and moreover, the smell and choking fumes would make it really uncomfortable for your family and friends too.

Ensure that any fire, fireworks or sparklers are thoroughly extinguished before leaving.



Click here for further details on fireworks safety: http://www.fireworksafety.me.uk


The Firework Code & Safety – UK

When buying fireworks, make sure they comply with BS 7114 and are clearly marked for their intended use “Indoor, Garden or Display”.

Fireworks complying with the BS 7114 are limited as to the explosive content, have recommended safe distances for viewing them and have strict times for how long the fuse will burn to enable people to move out of the way.

The Firework Code

  • Keep fireworks in a sealed box or tin
  • Use them one at a time, replacing the lid immediately
  • NEVER put fireworks in your pocket
  • Read the instructions carefully, using a torch or hand lamp
  • NEVER use a naked flame
  • Light fireworks 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
  • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Keep all pets and animals indoors
  • Take care with sparklers, wear gloves to hold them and dispose of sparklers in a bucket of water as soon as they are finished.


  • It is an offence (punishable by fine) to let fireworks off in a public place.
  • It is also an offence (also punishable by fine) for anyone under the age of 18 to be in possession of a firework (other than a sparkler) in a public place.
  • A public place is anywhere other than your back garden, and includes streets, parks and playgrounds – in fact any place members of the public have access to at the time, whether or not an admission fee is payable.
  • It is illegal to let fireworks off during night hours (11pm to 7am), except on Bonfire Night (until midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year (until 1am).
  • It is illegal for shopkeepers to break open retail packets of fireworks and sell them individually. This is because the instructions are printed on the packet and not on the individual fireworks.
  • Pets get very frightened on fireworks night, so keep all your pets indoors and close all the curtains to make things calmer. Remember it’s not just your own fireworks that cause distress, so you may have to have your pets indoors on several nights when other displays are taking place.
  • Before lighting your bonfire, check that there are no animals (or children!) inside. More details click here.