"If you plan on having a home display, check to confirm the fireworks you buy have a CE safety mark on them and use them as instructed in the safety instructions."
Anyone looking to celebrate Bonfire Night or Diwali this year with a home fireworks display should avoid buying fireworks through social media, car boot sales or private vehicles and homes, the LGA warns.
The Local Government Association, which represents councils and fire and rescue authorities across England, say those who are planning to have a home display this weekend should only buy safe and legal fireworks from licensed retailers and store them securely to avoid risks to life and property.
It is also beneficial to check your local fire service’s Fireworks Code before lighting any rockets in the coming weeks.
Cllr Ian Stephens, Chair of the LGA’s Fire Services Management Committee, said:
“We know many people like to recreate their own displays at home, but it’s crucial they treat fireworks with respect and handle them with care.
“For those who do have their own home displays, please familiarise yourself with the Firework Code and ensure the fireworks you purchase are legal and safe.”
Cllr Nesil Caliskan, Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said:
“Even legal fireworks can be dangerous in the wrong hands and we know that those purchased illegally bring with them a significantly increased risk of causing life-changing injuries.
“If you plan on having a home display, check to confirm the fireworks you buy have a CE safety mark on them and use them as instructed in the safety instructions.
“Those selling fireworks should also make sure they’re selling to over-18s to reduce risk of serious injury and anti-social behaviour. Selling to a minor can bring with it a hefty fine and even a prison sentence.”
Notes to editors
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Firework Code is available to read and anyone who suspects someone is selling fireworks illegally should contact their local council’s Trading Standards via Citizens Advice on 03454 040506.
The Office for Product Safety and Standards have published guidance on staying safe with fireworks.