Be Safe. Be Kind. Be Smart.
Fireworks season can be a very stressful time for many people across the country. This year, there will be limited public fireworks events because of the pandemic so we are asking the public to be safe, be kind and be smart around fireworks.
We have taken a multi-agency approach and have formed a partnership to work together with one clear message to everyone in Scotland. Please consider
It is now ILLEGAL for the general public to set fireworks off before 6pm and after 11pm in the evening (this extends to midnight on 5th November and 1am on New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali).
Young people are more likely to be the victim of an accident or injured in the use of fireworks and around bonfires. Are you responsible for the wellbeing of a young person in Scotland? Are you a teacher, a parent or carer? Then please support #FireworkSafety and help us keep young people safe from harm and help inform them of the dangers.
We need young people and their families to:
Follow the fireworks code here.
Don’t gather in groups or attend unofficial bonfires or events.
Respect those around you, your neighbours, your community, animals in the area and the environment. Find advice specific to animals here.
Respect and support those who are there to help you like the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police and NHS.
If it feels wrong or dangerous, walk away.
Know what to do if someone gets hurt or you see something that worries you.
You can report fireworks misuse or deliberate fire raising to Police Scotland by calling 101 or if you’re 11+ you can #BeFearless in speaking up about WHO is responsible for crime 100% anonymously at Fearless.org.
In an emergency ALWAYS dial 999.
Not following our #FireworkSafety guidance could end in tragic consequences. Meet Ben who was seriously injured by a firework when just four years old. Watching Ben’s video highlights the dangers for everyone and how important it is to Be Safe, Be Kind and Be Smart.
There’s an interactive game and quiz to complete which highlights the hazards and dangers of fireworks and bonfires. There is a section dedicated to Primary schools and a separate section for Secondary schools. Due to the nature of the content, please make sure young people only use the materials relevant to their age group.
Now that you've learned about #FireworkSafety don't forget to spread the word on social media and with your family and friends.
Click the image below to download our flyer you can use to help everyone Be Safe, Be Kind and Be Smart.