How to Store Fireworks Safely

Did you know that if you have got some leftover fireworks from Bonfire night, you may not be able to store them until next year?

As much as we all love firework nights, the ‘oohs’ and the ‘aaahs’, we also know that fireworks can be quite dangerous. In fact, if you have more than 50kg (fireworks can be heavy!) of Hazard Type 4 fireworks (the type that is generally sold at retailers) for more than 21 days, then you will need a license to store those fireworks safely.

If you have less than 50kg of fireworks then you can absolutely store those fireworks at home. But there are some safety measures you should check off your list in order to store fireworks safely:

  1. Understand how to prevent fires or explosions (i.e. don’t store the fireworks near flammable materials or near to any source of heat)
  2. Never smoke when handling fireworks
  3. Keep the fireworks in dry storage
  4. Dispose of damp fireworks
  5. The attic isn’t the best place because the temperature changes a lot and may get humid
  6. If you have more than 50kg of fireworks, then get a license so you store them legally
  7. Keep the fireworks out of reach from children and animals
  8. Wrap your fireworks in plastic bags, professional boxes or sealed bin liners.
  9. If you are storing under Hazard Type 3 fireworks you can only keep them for 5 consecutive days and you can only store up to 100kg of these fireworks
  10. Selling fireworks is strictly forbidden, so if you can’t store your fireworks safely you will need to get a sales license or dispose of those fireworks safely

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How long can you store fireworks safely for?

Hazard type 4 fireworks can be stored safely:

  • Forever when storing up to 5kg
  • For 3 weeks when stored up to 50kg.
  • For 3 days in the place of intended use when storing up to 250kg – you’ll need a license for this!

Hazard type 3 fireworks can be stored safely:

  • Forever when storing up to 5kg.
  • For 3 consecutive days in the place of intended use when storing up to 100kg, with a license!

If you need a license in order to store your fireworks, contact your local council.

Our clean, dry, secure storage containers are perfect for storing fireworks safely. Get in touch to discuss your options!