Council issues fireworks safety advice

Always apply the Fireworks Code when handling fireworks

Published: 26th October 2015

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is urging residents who plan to use fireworks this Halloween to follow the Fireworks Code to reduce the risk of personal injury.

 Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:

 “The Council wishes to promote firework safety and has organised spectacular fireworks displays in Enniskillen and Omagh on Halloween night to be enjoyed by thousands of spectators.

 While we hope these displays will discourage the unauthorised use of fireworks, which are dangerous if not properly controlled, we understand that a number of authorised private fireworks displays will take place across the district this Halloween.

 We wish for everyone in the district to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween and would like to remind those that plan to use fireworks to follow the Fireworks Code and ensure that they have the necessary licence in place.”

 The Fireworks Code advises the following:

– Only buy fireworks marked with a CE mark – this shows the firework meets European safety standards
– Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
– Keep fireworks in a closed box
– Follow the instructions on each firework
– Light fireworks at arm’s length, using a taper
– Stand well back
– 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 years old
– Keep pets indoors
– Don’t set off noisy fireworks late at night and never after 11.00 pm.

For those wishing to hold a garden fireworks display, an application for a licence must be submitted to the Department of Justice in advance of the display. Garden fireworks should only be purchased from registered retailers, a list of which is available at or by telephoning the Fireworks Helpline at 0300 200 7881.

For further information about fireworks safety visit the NI Direct website or telephone the Council’s Environmental Health service on 0300 303 1777.


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