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.
fireworks and pets saftey information and how to keep the calm
pets and fireworks the best tips to keep them safe and calm

Being a dog and cat owner myself, I can appreciate they don’t mix well with fireworks. I’ve always tried to introduce them to fireworks as soon as I can, but it’s not always practical. My alternative method is to get them used to sounds of fireworks in a safe controlled environment. Below is the method I use to easing my pets into the fireworks season.

My Method

If your pet suffers and gets anxious at the sound of fireworks or any other loud noises, this technique can help calm them down. The process below introduces sounds produced by fireworks into their daily life.

If your pet gets distressed in anyway during this process, first try turning down the volume. If that doesn’t work, stop. This doesn’t work for all pets, but it is worth trying.

Firework Sounds File downloads

We have provided two free firework MP3 files to help you get your pet ready for fireworks. The first MP3 file is single shots and the second contains longer louder multi-shot fireworks.

To play the files

You can download the files and burn them on to CD or play them through your MP3 player. Here are some instructions on how to burn them on to CD.

The Process

 Day 1 to 3

Play track 1 initially at a low volume and gradually turn it up until your pet takes interest. Now play the file on a loop for 10 minutes. Do this 3 to 4 times a day. If your pet gets anxious, lower the volume until they become settled.

Day 4 – 7

Extend the amount of time you play Track 1 to 20 minutes, again do this 3 to 4 times a day. Over these 4 days slightly increase the volume so that it is no longer background noise.

Day 8 to 11

Fireworks don’t generally go off during the day, so you now need to start playing them in the evening only – we suggest between 6pm and 11pm.

Shut the curtains, turn on the TV or play some music. Don’t change your routine; the aim is to make the noise of fireworks a familiar sound.

We would recommend you play the track a random times and at the same volume as the previous days. During this period you want to gradually increasing the volume, so that by day 14 it will play quite loud. If this isn’t the case continue on until you can.

You could even try playing the track louder in a different room.

Day 11 Onwards

If you pet is ready, move on to Track 2. Track 2’s sounds contain a lot more continuous bass. Repeat the previous exercise day 8 to 11.

The Big Night

Ideally on the day you want to play track 1 on a loop as a low background noise for most of the day and in the evening turn the volume up. The volume needs to be up enough to mask/blend with the real fireworks going off outside.

Good Luck

This is process will test your sanity, but hopefully at the end of it your pet won’t be stressed out.