Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

Our Mission: Safer Stronger Communities - Safe Effective Firefighters.

FIREWORK AND SPARLKER SAFETY - Follow the Firework Code!


  • Only buy fireworks from retailers registered with MFRS
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Light them at arm's length, using a taper
  • Stand well back
  • Always supervise children around fireworks
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
  • Keep pets indoors


  • Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn't gone off, it could still explode
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
  • Never give sparklers to a child under five
  • Don't let off fireworks after 11pm


Did you know that sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees? That's 20 times hotter than boiling water.

Sparkler tips

  • Sparklers are not toys and should never be given to children under the age of 5 - they will not understand how to use them safely
  • Always wear gloves when handling sparklers
  • Never hold a baby or child if you have a sparkler in your hand
  • Put finished sparklers into a bucket of water as soon as they have burnt out as they can stay hot for a long time
  • Always supervise children using sparklers
  • Avoid dressing children in loose clothes - they may catch light
  • Show children how to hold sparklers - away from their body and at arm's length
  • Teach children not to wave sparklers near anyone else or run while holding them

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