If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the Fire and Rescue Service
If you are thinking of using fireworks, you should follow these safety steps:
For more about firework safety visit the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) website.
Safety with sparklers
Children and sparklers
In an emergency
Keep sparklers in safe hands
When you plan your bonfire:
Here is some straightforward guidance to help you have an enjoyable firework display.
The usual ratio is one steward to every 250 people present, but more stewards may be needed to cover each entrance and exit. They may need special training, such as using the fire-fighting equipment. They should also do the following:
Do not allow spectators to bring their own fireworks, even sparklers. Have signs explaining this at the entrances.
Letting off fireworks
Involve as few people as possible. If possible use people with experience of letting off fireworks.
Download this leaflet for more information - Giving your own firework display
How to keep your pets safe
Fireworks have been associated with celebrations and the marking of special events in many cultures, faiths and countries for hundreds of years.
While historically the Fifth of November was a time for fireworks and bonfires in the UK they are now used to celebrate a wider range of events throughout the year.
Diwali - the Hindu festival of lights, which extends over five days, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. Fireworks are an integral part of the celebrations.
Eid is a time for great celebration by Muslims worldwide and fireworks are part of the celebrations - usually on the first day of Eid.
In Chinese cultures fireworks are used to celebrate the New Year, weddings, births and religious festivals.