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Follow the Firework Code

by Alison Cornmell

Knowsley along with the wider Liverpool City Region is in the ‘Very High’ alert level of the Government’s three-tier system of interventions. As a result, further restrictions have been imposed to stop people in different households from mixing, they are there to protect residents and prevent the spread of the infection.

This means there will not be any organised firework displays this year. Knowsley Council is urging residents to Stop. Think. Do the right thing and be aware of the firework code and, if you’re thinking of using fireworks this year, please follow the safety advice below so that everyone has a good time without getting hurt.

Remember, you must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of your household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs. You must also not meet with people outside of your household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues. There are a number of further guidelines and restrictions that you can read about here.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “I understand our residents frustrations that their usual bonfire activities may have to be cancelled or change but we must impose these restrictions on social mixing to prevent the spread of the infection. If any of our residents are still planning on setting off their fireworks in their gardens I urge you to adhere to the rules and keep to the people you live with and follow the firework code to ensure you have a safe night.”

Always follow the firework code

  • Stand well back
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Only buy fireworks that are CE marked
  • Light at arm’s length, using a taper
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Never give sparklers to a child under five
  • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Always supervise children around fireworks
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
  • Never go near a firework that has been lit – even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode.

Where to buy fireworks

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

Sometimes shops open up for a short time before Bonfire Night but these may not be the best places to buy fireworks from.

Staff in these shops might not be very knowledgeable about using fireworks safely and their fireworks might not meet British Standards.

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

What fireworks to buy

There are different categories of fireworks. Members of the public can buy and set off most of the fireworks that come under Categories 1 to 3. These are fireworks that include those that you can use indoors, in your garden or at a display. Always read the packet carefully and make sure that the fireworks you buy are suitable for the place where you are going to set them off.

Some fireworks can only be bought and used by firework professionals. These include air bombs, aerial shells, aerial maroons, shells-in-mortar and maroons-in-mortar, all bangers, mini rockets, fireworks with erratic flight, some Category 2 and 3 fireworks which exceed certain size limits, and all Category 4 fireworks.

Keep kids safe

We want children to enjoy fireworks, but they need to know that they can be dangerous if they are not used properly. Each year over half of all firework injuries are suffered by children. The Child Accident Prevention Trust has more guidance on keeping kids safe – please follow this link to find the guidance online.

Setting fireworks off

Only one person should be in charge of fireworks. If that’s you, then make sure you take all the necessary precautions. Read the instructions in daylight and don’t drink any alcohol until they’ve all been discharged. Make your preparations in advance and in daylight or with a torch (never a naked flame). On the night you will need…

  • A torch
  • A bucket or two of water
  • Eye protection and gloves
  • A bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in
  • Suitable supports and launchers if you’re setting off Catherine wheels or rockets.

Protect your animals

You should take precautions to protect your pets during the times of the year when fireworks are likely to be set off.

Under 18

If you are under 18, you can’t:

  • Buy the types of fireworks which can be sold only to adults
  • Have fireworks in a public place

If you do, the police can give you an on-the-spot fine of £80.

Using fireworks legally

It is against the law to:

  • Set off or throw fireworks in the street or other public place
  • Set off fireworks between 11.00 pm and 7.00 am – except during certain celebrations

If found guilty by the courts, you could be fined up to £5,000 and can be imprisoned for up to three months. You may be liable for an on-the-spot fine of £80.

When you can use fireworks during celebrations

You can let off fireworks :

  • Until midnight on Bonfire Night
  • Until 1.00 am on New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year

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