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Control measure

Identify and control the hazard area around fireworks

Control measure knowledge

The likelihood of the presence of and type of fireworks will depend on the use of the site. An appropriate hazard area should be identified and controlled, in liaison with the responsible person. It may be necessary to establish exclusion zones around fires involving fireworks.

Personnel should liaise with the responsible person to assess the safety of proceeding and request that any display or testing of fireworks is stopped.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure that information about sites that store, sell or develop fireworks are included in their SSRI

  • Carry out pre-planning and site inspections to identify and record the type, quantity and location of fireworks that a site might hold

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Adhere to warning signs and signals during firework displays and at sites where fireworks are stored

  • Liaise with the responsible person to identify the type, quantity and location of any fireworks present

  • Liaise with the responsible person to stop any firework display or testing

  • Implement appropriate cordon distances for fireworks in liaison with the responsible person

  • Take action to protect or remove fireworks at risk from fire

  • Ensure personnel  wear appropriate hearing protection and high-visibility clothing when entering the hazard area