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Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service would always recommend that people attend an organised fireworks display, however, this year, like many events is impacted by Coronavirus and the Welsh Government's Coronavirus Firebreak Lockdown Rules (opens in a new window) that will come into force at 6:00pm on Friday 23 October.
We understand that some people will want to have their own private firework display, and while we want people to enjoy themselves, we ask everyone to think how they can Keep Wales Safe this Bonfire Night and not spread coronavirus.
There should be no organised public bonfires or firework displays this year.
If you want to buy fireworks for use in your garden, you can. But fireworks are dangerous, and the added risks of coronavirus means you should think very carefully about doing so this year. If you do buy fireworks for your own use, you should always follow the RoSPA Firework Code (opens in a new window/tab).
Anyone wishing to sell outside of these periods will have to apply for an all year sales licence via their Local Licencing Authority. In almost every case they will need to be the holder of a valid storage licence too.
Fireworks can only be sold to persons aged 18 years or older. Sparklers are classed as fireworks and the same laws apply.
It is illegal for under 18s to possess fireworks in a public place.
It is not a legal requirement to have any kind of licence or training to buy consumer fireworks.
There is no such thing as either a licence or training that entitles a member of the public to buy Category 4 (professional) fireworks. These are only available to bona fide professional fireworks companies with all year insurance and licenced storage.
Consumer fireworks must conform to British Standards (BS 7114), be classified as Category 2 (Garden) or Category 3 (display) fireworks and carry a CE mark.
There is a noise limit of 120db on all consumer fireworks.
Certain items are banned in the UK. These include bangers, air bombs and jumping jacks, regardless of whether these are CE marked and approved for sale in other EU countries.
Never buy fireworks from:
No matter how much of a bargain they look, they could be illegal imports which have not even had the most basic safety testing.
You need to get into the mind-set that you are handling and storing explosives and not toys.
When storing fireworks at home the main things to ensure are:
Sources of heat or ignition include heaters, naked flames and people smoking.
Never smoke while handling fireworks!
It is essential that your fireworks are kept dry. Beware of storing fireworks outside in sheds which can get damp and avoid anywhere with significant changes of temperatures including greenhouses, conservatories and lofts which could result in condensation. If you must keep your fireworks in the shed, wrap them up tightly in well-sealed bin liners or plastic bags.
Some more useful advice:
If you are going to be in charge of fireworks at home this year, please take a few minutes to read through the following guidelines. Your planning and your actions could help prevent an injury.
Anyone introducing a firework on to the European market should carry out structured testing to determine a suitable and lawful method for the end user to dispose of damaged or partially fired fireworks. They should also provide suitable instructions for the disposal of the firework, this should include advice on what to do if the firework is defective or does not work properly, or at all.
If you have a defective firework you should seek advice on the safe disposal of the damaged firework(s) in the product safety information supplied with the fireworks or directly from the supplier, manufacturer or importer.
Do you really need a bonfire? It’s much better to manage without one.
Check very carefully that there’s no animal (or even a young child) hidden inside the bonfire. Don’t light it until after all your fireworks have been let off. Keep everyone at a safe distance away, and don’t allow anyone to throw anything onto it.
The following are very simple Do’s and Do Not’s to ensure the safest possible bonfire.