Fireworks in the garden can be great fun, as long as they are used safely. Each year, over half of all firework injuries are suffered by children.

Did you know that sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil? Sparklers are not toys and should never be given to a child under five.

Always buy sparklers from a reputable shop to make sure that they conform to British Standards. This means that they should have BS 7114 written on the pack.

Don’t buy sparklers from anywhere you’re not sure about, such as the back of a van or from a temporary, unlicensed market stall.

Read the instructions in daylight. Make sure you have:

  • A torch
  • A bucket or two of water
  • Eye protection and gloves

Did you know?

It is against the law to carry fireworks in public if you’re under 18

Fireworks must not be sold to anyone who is under 18

It is an offence to let fireworks off during night hours (11pm to 7am), except on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year (1am).

It is an offence under the Explosives Act 1875 to tamper with or modify fireworks.

By Tom Hancock