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Fireworks safety campaign

Since 2003 Islington Trading Standards has contributed to a borough-wide campaign to reduce the anti-social behaviour associated with the fireworks and Halloween season.  Together with the ASB team, animal welfare, Police, Fire Brigade, social housing providers, schools and youth service providers we aim to make life safer and calmer for residents and businesses. 

On this page we have information and links covering the following 

  • Firework Safety

  • Trader information on selling fireworks

  • How to report anti-social behaviour and issues of concern

  • Materials for schools and youth groups to help inform young people

Follow the firework safety code:

  • Only buy fireworks from registered shops who will be stocking items marked either with BS 7114 or a CE mark to show compliance with European Standards.

  • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.

  • Keep fireworks in a closed box.

  • Follow the instructions on each firework.

  • Light them at arm’s length, using a taper.

  • Stand well back – most fireworks are labelled with the minimum safe distance.

  • 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.

  • Always supervise children around fireworks.

  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.

  • Never give sparklers to a child under five.

  • Keep pets indoors.

  • Don’t let off fireworks after 11pm.

More safety guidance and access to the fireworks safety code in other languages may be found under Related information at the bottom of the page. 

Trader information on selling fireworks

Shops wishing to sell fireworks must be registered with the council.  Business premises and storage facilities will be checked for suitability.  See Fireworks licences and registrations for more information. 

Fireworks can only be sold to people who are aged 18 and above.  We recommend shops introduce a Challenge 25 policy and ask to see photo proof of age identification from anyone appearing to be aged under 25.  This helps to ensure older looking teenagers are not sold restricted products such as fireworks.

We have comprehensive advice on how to avoid sales to those underage on our business regulation pages.

How to report anti-social behaviour and issues of concern

The council now runs a 24/7 antisocial behaviour hotline on 020 7527 7272.  For more information click on the ASB service .

In an emergency always dial 999

Halloween – you may find the poster saved at the bottom of this page under "Related Documents" of use if you wish to deter young people from knocking on your door when trick or treating.

Materials for schools and youth groups to help inform young people

Bonfire night safety

Guidance about teaching fireworks safety at key stage one.  Includes teachers' planning notes and other resources. 

Guidance about teaching fireworks safety at key stage two.  Includes teachers' planning notes and other resources

Guidance about teaching fireworks safety at key stage three.  Includes teachers' planning notes and other resources.

Contact

Trading Standards Service

Public Protection Division, Islington Council, 222 Upper Street, London N1 1XR

Tel: 020 7527 3198 

Email: trading.standards@islington.gov.uk 

  

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