Choose Your Location
First, choose where you are going to set up your firework display. You should follow the firework safety 25m rule; that is that the fireworks should be at least 25m away from any members of the public. You should also avoid any overhanging trees or power cables. Keep well away from yours and your neighbour’s house or fence.
You Will Need:
- Stakes of wood
- Club hammer
- Duct tape
- Plastic bags
- Your fireworks
Setting Up Your Fireworks
First, use the club hammer to bang the stakes securely into the ground where you want to set up your fireworks.
Place the fireworks inside the plastic bags. Close the top of the bags and seal them shut with duct tape. The plastic bags prevent the fireworks getting wet in case of rain, mist, dew or simply from moisture from the air or ground. Hold the fireworks against the stakes and then tape them together using the duct tape. Ensure that you wrap the tape all the way around the fireworks and stakes several times. This prevents the fireworks from moving when they are fired.
Firing The Fireworks
When it’s time to fire the fireworks, later in the evening, light your portfire first. Next, simply tear off the top of the plastic bag of the first firework. Pop the fuse through the top of the firework and light it using the portfire. Stand well back from the firework. Approximately seven seconds later, your firework will fire. Once the firework has finished, repeat this for your other fireworks. The rockets are slightly different. Tear the plastic bags from the rockets. Pull down the spigots from the bottom of your rockets. You can light more than one rocket together. Stand well back and approximately seven seconds later, your rockets will fire.
Your display is now complete. Stand back and bask in the applause of your audience.
The Firework Code
Always remember the firework code. Have a look through our Firework Safety Page before you fire any fireworks.