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Be safe not sorry . . . 

Millions of people throughout many centuries have enjoyed fireworks. But accidents can happen with anything, anytime, anywhere. Don't let it happen to you with fireworks because the consequences of carelessness with fire can be devastating.

The guidelines for a safe fireworks party are very simple to observe.

Follow the Fireworks Code

  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Light all fireworks at arm's length
  • Stand well back
  • Never go back to a lit firework
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket
  • Never throw fireworks
  • Keep pets indoors

Use only fireworks which have a CE mark

Reputable dealers will only sell fireworks to this standard and if you are ever offered any others, leave them alone!

Take special care with sparklers

Sparklers can be beautiful and enjoyable for young children but adults must be aware of their potential danger. Sparklers are the cause of a disproportionate number of injuries but only a few simple precautions are necessary: 

  • Always supervise children with sparklers
  • Teach them to hold the sparkler at arm's length, but not near anyone else
  • Sparklers are not for the under 5s. They will be labelled as such and it's your responsibility
  • Have a container of water handy, big enough for the spent sparkler. Dump the sparkler in it as soon as it goes out


It is illegal to let off fireworks between 11pm and 7am. The start of the curfew will be later on the four nights of the year when fireworks are used in traditional or cultural events. On Hogmanay, Chinese New Year and Diwali, setting off fireworks must stop at 1am and on Guy Fawkes night the use of fireworks must stop at midnight.

Retailers must register with East Ayrshire Licensing Section to store fireworks and only certain types may be sold to the general public. All known retailers have been provided with advice relating to the sale and storage of fireworks and further details can be obtained from Trading Standards. If you are buying fireworks, always go to a reputable shop and make sure that they carry the CE mark, details of the manufacturer and importer and have instructions in English.


The Council has a policy of removing unauthorised bonfires from open spaces. They are dangerous as they often have no supervision and can contain items such tyres, paint and gas canisters which could explode or release noxious gases.

If you do see a bonfire being built in your area please contact us and we will arrange to remove it.

Contact Information


Community Safety
Council Headquarters
London Road
Telephone: 01563 553950
Out of hours(local rate): 0345 724 0000


Trading Standards Service
Civic Centre South
John Dickie Street
Telephone: 01563 576790 for business advice