With Bonfire Night fast approaching, it’s important to keep yourself and others safe around fireworks.
To make sure you can have a safe, fun evening Nottinghamshire Police have released their top tips on firework safety.
• Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer.
• It is illegal to supply fireworks to persons under the age of 18.
•Shops are not allowed to sell fireworks louder than 120 decibels.
• It is an offence for under 18’s to have fireworks in a public place.
• You should never throw or set off a firework in the street, onto a road or in a public place.
• You’re not allowed to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am except on Bonfire night whereby the curfew is midnight to 7am. New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, curfew is 1am.
•Anyone caught causing a nuisance with fireworks will receive an instant fine of £80 and any fireworks found on a person under 18 will be confiscated.
• Never use any kind of accelerant i.e. petrol to start a bonfire.
• Always inform your neighbours if you are using fireworks and be considerate.
• Ensure your fireworks comply with British Standard 7114 or the European equivalents.
• Remember, if you break the law on fireworks you could be sent to prison for up to six months or your parents or carers could receive a fine.
You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:
• 15 October – 10 November
• 26 – 31 December
• 3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year
For more information on firework safety, call the Nottinghamshire Police helpline on 101.