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Wishing you a safe New Year

Date : 30 December 2020

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service wishes everyone a safe New Years Eve.

Anyone planning to see in 2021 with fireworks is being reminded to follow covid guidelines about gatherings and the service's advice on safe displays. It is also asking people not to use sky laterns, which can drift onto homes, businesses, woodlands or fields and cause fires.

Plan ahead

  • Fireworks must be stored safely away from sources of heat and ignition
  • Don’t store fireworks in residential rooms, under the stairs or means of escape
  • Only buy fireworks from a licensed, reputable retailer you can trust 
  • Fireworks must carry the CE mark
  • Ensure you have sufficient space to meet the safety distances of the fireworks
  • Fireworks can only be let off between 7am and 11pm except on Bonfire Night (5 November) when it is midnight or New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese new Year when it is 1am

On the night

  • Ensure everyone remains a safe distance from the fireworks
  • Fireworks must only be lit by a responsible adult
  • Do not drink alcohol if you are setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box a safe distance from the display
  • Ensure you have a torch for reading the instructions on each firework
  • Wear eye protection and gloves when setting off fireworks
  • Let fireworks off one at a time
  • Never return to a firework once lit it could still explode
  • Prepare a bucket of soft earth to stick the fireworks in
  • Prepare supports for catherine wheels and proper launchers for rockets


  • Unsuitable for children under five
  • Light one at a time
  • Hold sparklers at arm's length and wear gloves
  • Put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of sand or water to prevent burns or a fire

After the display

  • Wear strong gloves and use tongs to collect spent fireworks and sparklers
  • Soak it - Douse them in water - ideally overnight - to ensure there is no chance of them setting anything alight 
  • Bag it - Collect all the spent fireworks and sparklers in a bag
  • Bin it - Put them in the rubbish bin 

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