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Bonfire Night is fast approaching, and in preparation for 5th November the Scottish Government and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are launching a campaign to highlight the dangers associated with fireworks misuse and the recent fireworks law changes.

While fireworks can be great fun, they can be dangerous if not used properly. During the bonfire season, most firework injuries treated at emergency departments happen at informal private displays. Over half of those requiring treatment are children.

The Fireworks Safety campaign also aims to raise awareness of new rules introduced to lessen the negative impact of fireworks, alongside fireworks safety guidance and asking the public to be considerate of others this Bonfire Night.

New rules

  • It is now illegal to buy or give a firework to anyone under the age of 18 with the exception of category F1 fireworks.
  • It is illegal to set fireworks off before 6pm and after 11pm. This extends to midnight on 5th November and 1am on Hogmanay, Chinese New Year and Diwali.