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Mix96 Fireworks Safety Guide

This year Mix96 has again teamed up with Aylesbury Rugby club for the Aylesbury Fireworks Spectacular.

For all the details of the event on the 7th November click here.

Going to a display like ours is the safest way to enjoy fireworks night, but we wanty everyone to stay safe, so whether you are planning your own display, or going to an organised one like ours, please make sure you read the guidelines below to ensure everything that goes BANG does so safely.

You can also see a list of local displays in our what's on guide.

We wish you a happy and safe Guy Fawkes night...


Be safe not sorry

Fireworks are safe if you use them properly. If you’re putting on a home display, you should follow some simple steps to make sure that everyone has a good time without getting hurt. And remember, each year over half of all firework injuries are suffered by children. Sparklers are not toys and should never be given to a child under five.

Where to buy

Don’t cut corners just to save a few quid. 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.

Whatever you do, 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 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.

Setting them off

Only one person should be in charge of fireworks. 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. 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.

Think of your neighbours…

Let your neighbours know if you are planning a fireworks party, they may have pets which should be kept indoors. In rural areas this could include larger animals such as horses and donkeys in stables nearby . In addition it would be kind to let elderly neighbours and families with young children know there may be some loud bangs. Remember…fireworks can be fun, but have consideration for others!

Firework displays

If you are organising a firework display for the general public, click here to find out how to organise safe and successful firework displays.

Disposal of Fireworks

Recommendations for disposal:

  • Never put fireworks, even those which are fully spent, on the bonfire.
  • Never dispose of them by burying.
  • Put fully spent fireworks (but not misfired or partly spent fireworks) in refuse receptacles.
  • Soak misfired or partly spent fireworks in a container of water in an area where they cannot be tampered with (preferably away from the display site) and contact the manufacturer or supplier for advice on disposal.

Animal Welfare

Remember remember pets on the 5th of November. Most animals get very scared by the lights and noise, so you should take precautions to protect your pets during the next few weeks.

The animal charity Blue Cross says that the best thing you can do is to keep your pets indoors. This includes bringing in pets that are normally kept outside, such as rabbits or guinea pigs.

Close all of your windows and doors and try to drown out the noise as much as possible. And make sure that cats and dogs have name tags on them in case the noise scares them and they run off.

And there's lots more information about fireworks safety here from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents