If you are holding a local firework display, such as those organised by many sports clubs, schools or parish councils, you still need to plan responsibly, but the same level of detail is not necessary or expected.

Below are some links to guidance to help you. Two award-winning HSE guides are available from HSE Books with additional advice from RoSPA and the Government:

Other points to consider

For major displays, particularly those involving category 4 ‘professional’ fireworks or very large number of spectators, a more robust approach is obviously needed.

  • Plan and mark out the areas for spectators, firing fireworks (and a safety zone around it) as well as an area where the fireworks will fall

  • Think about how people will get into and out of the site. Keep pedestrian and vehicle routes apart if possible. Mark exit routes clearly and ensure they are well lit. Ensure emergency vehicles can get access to the site

  • Appoint enough stewards/marshals. Make sure they understand what they are to do on the night and what they should do in the event of an emergency

  • Contact the emergency services and local authority. If your site is near an airport you may need to contact them

  • Signpost the first aid facilities


Although it is not required by health and safety law, if you are holding a public firework display, it’s a good idea to have public liability insurance.

Bear in mind that not all companies are used to dealing with this type of event so it’s worth shopping around: look for a company that’s used to insuring firework and other public events – you are likely to get much better deal and avoid unsuitable terms and conditions.

If you have difficulty with the standard insurance terms, talk to your insurer and find a way forward; they can be very helpful.

Last updated: Mon 30th July, 2018 @ 16:57