Firework Safety

Firwork Safety Advice (taklen from Derbyshire County Council website)

Derbyshire County Council are responsible for licensing firework storage and checking firework safety to help protect the public when they buy fireworks locally.

Each year during the busy bonfire night period, DCC trading standards team check that county retailers are storing fireworks safely and provide them with help and guidance on the laws covering firework sales.

Unfortunately, the short supply period leading up to bonfire night can attract unauthorised firework dealers into the marketplace.

These temporary traders - often with tempting prices - will not have been checked by DCC officers, giving a greater possibility of fire and explosion risk to members of the public on premises or in nearby buildings.

Unchecked dealers can also mean unchecked fireworks, so there is an increased risk of buying illegal or unsafe fireworks from these sources.

Where to buy fireworks in Derbyshire
To help protect you DCC have put together a list of firework sellers that they have checked and authorised. This list is attached to this page.

Report unauthorised sellers
Fireworks should not be sold from vehicles, market stalls or car boot sales so any activity of this nature is of immediate concern.

You can help to ensure your safety and that only reporting any suspicious firework dealing for our officers to investigate to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 040506.

Please note that this list is subject to revision when new licences are issued, so check DCC website for an updated list.

Be safe
Remember! Remember! Fireworks can be a source of fun and enjoyment but to keep safe it is essential to follow the Firework Safety Code.

Firework Safety Code: Top 10 safety code for adults.


Young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers. Only adults should deal with firework displays and the lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.

1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
4. Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
7. Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
10.Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

Please check out the information on the Safer Fireworks website:

http://www.saferfireworks.com/

and read the Safe Use of Fireworks leaflet available below as a download.

Have fun and Stay Safe this Firework season.