Do You Know Where Your Child Is This Evening?

West Yorkshire Community Alert:

We remain committed:

  • To provide a high visibility presence in the areas and target offenders committing anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

  • To enforce firework legislation and minimise the sale of nuisance items to young people where appropriate.

  • To deal appropriately with the level of nuisance/firework related logs.

  • To aid communication with the public and between partners.

Click here to read the current UK laws on the sale of and use of fireworks

  • Fireworks are noisy (which can upset very young or elderly people as well as pets). They can cause damage and they can cause serious injuries if not used properly.

  • It is an offence to buy fireworks by anyone under the age of 18. You can be fined or imprisoned for buying or using fireworks illegally.

  • It is an offence to let fireworks off between 11pm and 7am except on 5th November when the cut off is midnight and on Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year when the cut off is 1am. It is also an offence to set off fireworks in a public place.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol whilst in charge of fireworks and particularly when supervising children.

  • Make sure your fireworks conform to British Standards BS 7114, EN 14035 or EN 15947.

  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use/light them one at a time.

  • Light the firework at arm’s length using a taper or fuse wick and stand well back - never return to a firework once it has been lit.

  • Only children over the age of five are allowed to use sparklers and should be supervised by an adult at all times.



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