Put safety first and enjoy fireworks responsibly
Everyone is being urged to enjoy Hallowe'en responsibly by always putting safety first and following the Firework Code. Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) is making the appeal to ensure that it’s a night for treats, not tragedies. There is advice and useful information on nidirect about fireworks.
Hallowe'en safety advice
Halloween shoul be a time of enjoyment and fun for everyone. By following a few basic safety rules and by always putting safety first, it can be.
Fireworks and sparklers can be dangerous and without proper supervision they can cause serious injury. They should be used safely and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Think safety first and plan any firework display in advance to make it both safe and enjoyable. You should:
- have a licence if you want to buy or use fireworks
- only buy fireworks marked ‘BS 7114’
- never drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
- keep fireworks in a closed box when not in use and keep away from ignition sources
- follow the manufacturer’s advice on each firework and use them one at a time
- light them at arm’s length using a taper. Stand well back
- never go near a firework that has been lit, even if it hasn’t gone off - it could still explode
- never put fireworks in your pocket
- never throw fireworks
- always supervise children around fireworks
- keep pets and animals indoors – the flames and noise upset them
- never set off noisy fireworks after 11.00 pm
You can get more information at the page below:
Sparklers are often viewed as being harmless but they do burn at fierce temperatures. To a young child, the heat from a sparkler is equivalent to the heat from a welding torch.
- store sparklers in a closed box in a cool, dry place
- always light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves, keeping them at arms length
- never hold a baby or child if you have a sparkler in your hand
- plunge finished sparklers hot end down into a bucket of water as soon as they have burnt out. Sparklers stay hot for a long time
- never take sparklers to public displays. It will be too crowded to use them safely
- never give sparklers to children under five years old – they will not understand how to use them safely
- always supervise children using sparklers, give children gloves to wear and teach them how to use them properly
Firefighters are not out to spoil anyone’s fun and, if needed, fire crews in your area are there to protect life, protect property and keep you safe.
More useful links
- Firework retailers (leisure, home and community section)
- Firework safety and the law (leisure, home and community section)
- Keeping children safe from burns and scalds (health and well-being section)
- Fire safety outdoors – the countryside and thatched properties (leisure, home and community section)
- Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (leisure, home and community section)
- Police Service of Northern Ireland (crime, justice and the law section)