Preparing a home firework display
It is always safer to attend a organised public display. If it's necessary for you to have a home fireworks display, follow the Fireworks Code at all times.
Things you will need on the night
- A closed metal box to store fireworks - take them out one at a time
- A bucket of water - to cool sparklers and put out any small fires
- Eye protection and gloves
- A bucket of earth to stick fireworks in.
- Only one person should be responsible for letting off fireworks
- Don't drink alcohol if you are setting off fireworks
- Light fireworks at arm's length, using a taper
- Make sure everyone stands well back
- Never go back to a firework that has been lit - even if it hasn't gone off.
Keeping a safe distance
There are two categories of fireworks you can buy to use in your garden, CAT F2 and CAT F3.
The category will be visible on the outside of the box.
- Category F2 fireworks, everyone in your party must stand at least 8 metres away for safety
- Category F3 fireworks, a minimum of 25 metres distance is needed
- Category F4 fireworks are not allowed for private use
Some other tips to keep you safe
- Keep pets indoors as most animals get very scared by the lights and noise from fireworks
- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw the
- Never throw used fireworks on a bonfire