Firework Safety

We Want all our customers to be as safe as possible when using our fireworks, So we have put together this firework safety information page for you with all the latest safety information on fireworks and our videos on how to setup your fireworks and firework displays in the safest way possible.

Despite annual safety warnings, Bonfire Night week still ends in disaster for far too many families. Fireworks and bonfire evenings can provide fun and entertainment for families at a time of year when the nights are rather dark and gloomy. They light up the sky. As long as everyone follows the right safety procedures and remembers that fireworks can be dangerous if misused, a good, safe time may be enjoyed by everyone.

FIREWORK SAFETY TOP 10 TIPS

  1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable
  2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time
  3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
  4. Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back
  5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  7. Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
  9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

These are often viewed as being harmless, but they do burn at fierce temperatures. Sparklers should not be given to anyone under the age of five. To a young child, the heat from a sparkler is equivalent to the heat from a welding torch.

SAFETY RULES FOR SPARKLERS

  • Never give them to young children under five
  • Always wear gloves with sparklers, preferably leather ones
  • Hold it at arm's length while an adult lights it for you
  • Use in a clear space away from others
  • Never hold a baby in your arms when you are holding a sparkler
  • When the sparkler has finished, put it into a bucket of cold water straight away and leave it there.
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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.