Bonfire night safety

Alert message sent 01/11/2018 15:26:00

Information sent on behalf of Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service


Message from Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service


Don’t remember the 5th of November for all the wrong reasons.

The month of November brings Bonfire Night. Bonfires can be a lot of fun but can be dangerous. Be safe while celebrating with fireworks.

  • Enjoy fireworks responsibly – go to an organised display if possible. If not, always follow the instructions on the box
  • Always buy from legitimate and licensed sellers
  • Be considerate (observe curfews)
  • Don’t let children handle fireworks
  • Keep pets safe

Make sure your children understand:

  • Never handle fireworks
  • Fireworks are dangerous
  • Always remain with a responsible adult while watching fireworks

Planning a fireworks party? Have a quick look at some advice for running a safe and fun night - http://bit.ly/2e6Ntqm.

Fireworks: the law

You can’t buy ‘adult’ fireworks if you’re under 18, and it’s against the law for anyone to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on certain occasions.

Adult fireworks are category 2 and 3 fireworks - they don’t include things like party poppers.

Category 4 fireworks can only be used by professionals.

The law says 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, except for:

Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight

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

Check with your council to find out about any local rules for setting off fireworks.

Message sent by
Karren Charters (Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, Administrator, Cumbria)

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