Bonfire / Firework Safety
West Yorkshire Police is working alongside West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue to promote firework safety in the run up to the bonfire period.
This year thousands of people will enjoy fireworks safely, however, a small minority of people use fireworks to cause crime and nuisance in their local communities.
Any action where fireworks are used to harass, intimidate, or cause damage to others is a criminal act and anti–social. West Yorkshire Police will not tolerate this behaviour and the consequences are serious. You can be fined an unlimited amount or potentially risk jail for up to six months for selling or using fireworks illegally.
We remain committed:
- To provide a high visibility presence in the areas and target offenders committing anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.
- To ensure a range of preventative and diversionary activities are in place for young people and to promote official/community bonfires.
- To remove unofficial bonfires or potential material for bonfires from public places.
- To enforce firework legislation and minimise the sale of nuisance items to young people where appropriate.
- To deal appropriately with the level of nuisance/firework related logs.
- To aid communication with the public and between partners.
Officers will be carrying out extra patrols in your area to keep you safe but there are number of steps you can take to ensure a great Bonfire Night.
- An organised display is the safest way to enjoy fireworks.
- Fireworks are noisy (which can upset very young or elderly people as well as pets). They can cause damage and they can cause serious injuries if not used properly.
- It is an offence to buy fireworks by anyone under the age of 18. You can be fined or imprisoned for buying or using fireworks illegally.
- It is an offence to let fireworks off between 11pm and 7am except on 5th November when the cut off is midnight and on Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year when the cut off is 1am. It is also an offence to set off fireworks in a public place.
- Keep bonfires small and manageable and build them away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees, bushes and vehicles.
- Never use flammable liquids – paraffin or petrol – to light the fire.
- Avoid drinking alcohol whilst in charge of a bonfire or fireworks and particularly when supervising children.
- In case of an emergency, keep buckets of water, the garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready.
- Make sure your fireworks conform to British Standards BS 7114, EN 14035 or EN 15947.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box and use/light them one at a time.
- Light the firework at arm’s length using a taper or fuse wick and stand well back - never return to a firework once it has been lit.
- Only children over the age of five are allowed to use sparklers and should be supervised by an adult at all times.
We would like everyone to have a happy and safe Halloween and Bonfire Night.
Page last reviewed November 2022.