Fireworks Code, Care, Celebrate!
Fireworks and Bonfire Safety

Safe use of fireworks

Fireworks Code, Care, Celebrate

We would always recommend attending an organised bonfire or fireworks display, there are many in Hampshire. Click here to find your nearest event:

If you are planning to host your own fireworks party, following our fireworks code to give the right sparkle to your party.

Fireworks Code

  • Store fireworks in a closed box and take them out one at a time
  • Follow the instructions on each firework. Use a torch to read them, never a naked flame
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby
  • Make sure everyone stands well back and pets are kept indoors
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length, using the taper provided
  • Never go back to a lit firework – even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
  • Don’t drink alcohol if responsible for setting off fireworks
  • Only buy fireworks which carry the CE Mark

Care - where to buy firework

Cutting corners just to save a few pounds when it comes to fireworks could end up costing you a great deal more. Always buy from a reputable shop and check the product is CE marked. 

Pop up shops which just sell fireworks for a short time before Bonfire Night may not meet British Standards and their staff may not be knowledgeable about the use of products.

If you’re not sure, don’t take the risk.

Setting fireworks off

One person should be in charge of the fireworks. If that’s you ensure you read the instructions in daylight and don’t drink any alcohol until your fireworks set is over.On the night you will need…

  • a torch
  • a bucket of water
  • eye protection and gloves
  • a bucket of soft earth to put the fireworks in
  • suitable supports and launchers if you’re setting off Catherine wheels or rockets

Are you a pet owner?

For their safety pets should be kept indoors during a home fireworks display. Many animals find the noise of fireworks scary, for advice to help your pet visit the RSPCA’s website.

Fireworks and the law

The law states you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.

You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am.

The exceptions are:

  • Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
  • New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am



The law states you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.