As Bonfire Night approaches, an ‘Impact of Fireworks’ campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the dangers associated fireworks misuse and new rules introduced to lessen their harmful impact.

The campaign emphasises that it’s now illegal to set off fireworks before 6pm and after 11pm, extending to midnight on 5th November and 1am on Hogmanay, Chinese New Year and Diwali.

The campaign also highlights the potential hazards of fireworks if not used correctly, the importance of not using unsuitable fireworks in your garden, and the negative impact fireworks can have on those around us, including autistic people and pets.

Running throughout Scotland in local press, local radio and on social media, the awareness campaign warns of the dangers and urges those who are planning a private display at home to reduce the risk and familiarise themselves with the fireworks code and fire safety guidance at

If you are unable to attend an organised display, consider the impact of fireworks on people and animals. It is often children rather than adults who are injured by fireworks. The noise and lights that fireworks emit can also be overwhelming for people with a sensory impairment and those with neurological differences such as autism. Animals can also find fireworks particularly distressing.

Anyone who does wish to host a private event to reduce the risk by ensuring to familiarise themselves with our firework code and fire safety guidance.

Further advice is on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website.




Published: Monday, 1st November 2021