People and communities

Fireworks safety

When you buy fireworks make sure they comply with BS 7114 and are clearly marked for their intended use, either 'indoor', 'garden' or 'display'.

The firework code

Always follow the firework code:

  • keep fireworks in a sealed box
  • 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 to read instructions
  • 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
  • ensure children with fireworks are well supervised
  • NEVER throw fireworks
  • keep all pets and animal indoors
  • take care of sparklers, wear gloves to hold them and dispose of sparklers in a bucket of water as soon as they are finished

Firework regulations

  • air bombs and nuisance rockets banned
  • restricted selling periods from 1 January 2005
  • accountability for firework importers
  • under 18s not allowed to possess fireworks
  • 11.00pm to 7.00am curfew (except New Years eve)
  • maximum noise levels for fireworks

The police and trading standards will enforce these new regulations. If you break these regulations you could be fined up to a maximum £5,000 or imprisoned for six months.


You can also find out about bonfires and smoke pollution.

Public Protection Unit - Trading Standards

Eco Depot, Hazel Court, York, YO10 3DS

Telephone: 08082 231133