Partygoers asked to learn the Firework Code due to an increase of celebrations after lockdown

new years eve firework code

An increased risk of firework incidents this New Year

  • 117 hospital admissions due to firework injuries in 2021
  • As we return to pre-pandemic style parties, accidents at home potentially may rise
  • Follow the firework code to be safe

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is asking partygoers to learn the Firework Code for safety reasons this New Year’s Eve.

After 2 years of more muted celebrations due to the pandemic, it is probable that there may be a large uptake in firework use this time around.

However, when not used correctly they can lead to harm. Last year, NHS England reported 117 serious accidents involving fireworks that required a hospital stay.

Ashley Martin, Public Health Advisor, said: “When it comes to personal firework use, we encourage those who are considering holding an event to follow the Firework Code. For instance, it is important to ensure that fireworks are bought from reputable sellers and carry the UKCA mark.

“Overall, we wish those taking part in any celebrations to enjoy themselves, and have a happy and injury free new year. Following this safety advice will help them to do this.”

The Firework Code

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and check the time you can legally set off fireworks
  • In England, Scotland and Wales only buy fireworks which carry the UKCA marks. In the case of Northern Ireland look for the UKNI symbol. You may also see the UKNI mark along with the UKCA symbol. Keep your fireworks in a closed box, and use them one at a time
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
  • Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  • Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.


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