Stay Safe This Bonfire Night
By Banff and Buchan Communities Hub on 26/10/2021
1. FOLLOW THE FIREWORKS CODE
Fireworks can be great fun, but if they’re not used correctly they’re dangerous. During bonfire season, 85% of all firework injuries treated at emergency departments happen at informal private displays. Over half of those requiring treatment are children.
To keep you and your family safe, read and follow the instructions on the packaging for every firework you use. And check The Firework Code at www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/fireworks-safety
2. KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE
There are two categories of fireworks you can legally buy to use in your garden, CAT F2 and CAT F3. The category will be clearly marked on the outside of the box.
With CAT F2 fireworks, everyone in your party must stand at least 8 metres away for safety. That’s around 26 ft - or the length of two family cars parked end-to-end!
CAT F3 fireworks have a minimum distance of 25 metres, or about 82 feet. You really need a garden the length of a local swimming pool for CAT F3 fireworks.
CAT F4 fireworks are NOT for private use.
3. THINK OF OTHERS
Please think of others if you’re planning on setting off fireworks in your garden, and remember that for some people, fireworks can be particularly distressing and frightening. If your neighbours have pets, they will need to keep them indoors - so let them know well in advance.
IT IS NOW ILLEGAL TO SET OFF FIREWORKS BEFORE 6PM AND AFTER 11PM
- this extends to Midnight on the 5th November and 1am on Hogmanay, Chinese New Year and Diwali.