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Firework Safety

Fireworks displays can be fun as well as a great fundraising activity for any Scout Group, District or County.

It's really important to manage the use of fireworks safely at all times, from the moment they are purchased, to the disposal after use.

If you are intending to run a display it is the responsibility of your Commissioner and trustees to ensure that the event is run in accordance with the rules and guidance provided by The Scout Association.  Even providing a small display with domestic fireworks needs to be approved by your Commissioner, properly planned and risk assessed.

Category 4 Fireworks

In addition if your display intends using Category 4 fireworks you MUST ensure that those running the display are fully competent to do so.  This competence should be demonstrated through appropriate training and experience or use of professional firers.

Planning an Event

Managing the Fireworks


Further Support

There are lots of places to get additional support and advice, check out the support available below:

Health and Safety Executive (HSE),

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publish excellent guidance ‘Giving Your Own Firework Display’ and ‘Working together on firework displays’ . These are essential reading for a display organiser. If you cannot comply with the HSE recommendations, you should not be running the event!

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - Safefireworks.com,

Department of Business, Innovation and Skill - www.dti.gov.uk/fireworks

Get Protected

Fireworks displays are often cancelled due to bad weather. Unity can arrange a Cancellation & Abandonment policy to cover your investment, if the event has to be cancelled for reasons outside of your control.

If the event is a fundraising event, you may need Money cover for cash you raise.

Check out Unity's Insurance for Scout Bonfire and Firework Displays page for the insurance cover you may need.



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