Outdoor safety

Fire safety outdoors

See the Gov.UK website for advice on fire safety outdoors.

Fireworks safety advice

Fireworks are popularly used on Bonfire Night and on New Year’s Eve, but they can pose many dangers if mishandled or misused.

What should I be aware of when staging a firework display at home?

Fireworks cannot be purchased by anyone under the age of 18.

Pets can be easily frightened by fireworks so they should be kept indoors whenever displays are likely to happen; for example the arrival of New Year.

Is there any safety guidance to help me stay safe when using fireworks?

  • Don’t drink alcohol when setting off fireworks.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on each firework. Read them by torchlight - never a naked flame.
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length, using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick.
  • Never go back to a firework once lit – it may go off in your face.
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy.
  • Used fireworks should be collected after the display with care. Douse them with water, dispose of them properly in a metal container.
  • Wear a protective hat, gloves and eye protection, such as goggles.
  • If your clothing catches fire ‘Stop, drop and roll’.

Keeping safe around bonfires


Please remember bonfires present hazards even before they are lit.

If you must light a bonfire, in connection with a fireworks display, then:

  • Site well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs and always away from fireworks.
  • Before lighting the fire, check that no pets or children are hiding inside it.
  • Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side.
  • Never use flammable liquids – paraffin or petrol – to light the fire.
  • Don’t burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, and tins of paint or bottles.
  • Keep everyone away from the fire – especially children, who must be supervised all the time.
  • For an emergency, keep buckets of water, the garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready.
  • Pour water on the embers before leaving.

What is the law?

Read legal information on firework safety on the Gov.UK website:

Fireworks: the law (Gov.UK)

Flood prevention

Whether you're a business, homeowner, community or landowner, there are several ways you can help to prevent flooding problems. Visit the Northamptonshire Flood Toolkit website to find out more:

Preventing floods

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