Firework Safety

Helpful information and advice on how to stay safe while using fireworks.

Fireworks can be great fun, not just on 5 November (Bonfire Night), but also on Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year.

So this year, if you are having a firework party, please follow the Fireworks Code to reduce the risk of accidents. 

What does the law say?

  • It says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.
  • It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy fireworks.
  • You must not set off fireworks between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Exceptions are:

You must not set off fireworks after midnight on:

  • Bonfire Night

You must not set off fireworks after 1 a.m. on:

  • New Year’s Eve
  • Diwali
  • Chinese New Year

Where can I get helpful advice?

For full detail of the law around fireworks see the Government's website.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has lots of information to help keep you and your family safe from painful injuries. The Health and Safety Executive also has a range of information and advice.

Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service also have some great tips on things to do and importantly not to do.

Don’t forget to protect any pets. You can check the RSPCA website for Bonfire Night advice on how to calm your animals and keep them safe.