Enjoy your fireworks in safety.
The fireworks in this web site all comply with BS7114:2:88.
They do not require any special training. They can
be dangerous if misused and are supplied on the
condition that they will only be used in accordance
with the manufacturers' instructions supplied on
the firework and in compliance with the leaflet,
"SAFETY AND FIRING INSTRUCTIONS" in your
pack. Should you require any further information
we are only a phone call away (01625 501128).
ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR CROWD ARE AT LEAST
25 METRES FROM THE FIRING AREA.
Safety at firework displays is paramount. For those
wanting further guidance :-
Spectacular Fireworks do have a Firework Safety
Video available on request.
Spectacular Fireworks have also negotiated with
their insurance brokers to provide you, our customer
with Public Liability insurance at a very competitive
rate. So, if you are not insured, take advantage
of this special offer and contact us for an insurance
form. And, finally, remember if you need further
information we are only a phone call away.
A GUIDE TO FIRING YOUR OWN DISPLAY
ON THE NIGHT REMEMBER...
1. To light fireworks at arms length with the portfires
2. Never to smoke while handling fireworks
3. Not to have more than three or four people lighting
4. Not to fire rockets or other aerial fireworks
over the heads of spectators
5. Not to allow people to bring their own fireworks
6. Not to touch a dud firework for at least half
an hour and then hold it away from your face
7. Never to use petrol or paraffin to light the
8. Not to let children gather spent fireworks after
9. Not to let any unauthorised people into the
firing area before or after the display
10. Make sure the bonfire is out completely and
the site left in a safe condition
These are normally a tube or a volcano, but they
can be multiple units fused together in a much larger
package. They can emit crackles whistles or showers
of sparks. Usually inserted upright in soft earth
but can be tied to an upright stake. The golden
rule is not to allow them to fall over.
These are fireworks that need attaching to a post
or posts. They can be static devices or spinners
or a combination of both. Fireworks such as Display
Waterfalls or Flying Pigeons need two posts and
the rope between the two should be under as much
tension as possible. Take care that sparks from
these devices do not ignite other fireworks and
A long thin firework that projects a number of stars
or effects into the air. Roman candle bouquets are
a number of candles angled on a frame and barrages,
bundles and cakes are a number of candles fused
together for single ignition. Usually roman candles
are inserted upright in soft earth but they can
be tied to an upright stake. The important thing
is to make sure they are stable and that they will
not fall over. Angle them slightly away from spectators
and ensure there are no overhead obstructions.
These are usually a pot with a large projecting
fuse as in a Jack in a Box, and are inserted upright
in soft ground prior to firing. They can also be
very powerful mines ready loaded into mortar tubes
which need to be buried to 2/3rds their depth. After
ignition mines erupt dramatically with stars or
effects straight from the pot or tube. Mines, especially
mortar mines are dangerous if misused. Please read
all instructions thoroughly.
A familiar firework consisting of a motor and head
on a long stick. The motor propels the rocket high
in the sky where the explosion releases the stars
or effects. Rockets must be fired from a tube or
rack placed at the rear of the display. Angle slightly
away from spectators, make sure there are no overhead
obstructions and ensure there is a safe area for
the spent rockets to land.
Not strictly a firework these long thin devices
with a touch paper fuse are for lighting fireworks
with. On ignition they burn with a stab of flame
lasting 4/5 minutes so that you can safely light
the fireworks at arms length.
PROMOTING AND RUNNING YOUR DISPLAY
Most groups now set up a small organising committee
to administer the event. Try and get at least one
member experienced in firework displays. Clearly
define the duty of each member of the committee,
for example one person could be responsible for
the ordering storing and lighting of the fireworks,
another for liasing with local authorities, police,
fire brigade, another for site facilities and crowd
control and so on. Spectacular Fireworks have experienced
staff on hand who can offer help and guidance and
can also provide a really useful video of how to
do it. Additionally HSE produce a useful guide HSG
124 'Giving Your Own Firework Display'.
Spectacular Fireworks have also negotiated with
their insurance brokers to provide you our customers
with basic third party cover at a very competitive
rate, so take advantage of this very special offer
and fill in the form provided.
Your site should ideally look like the diagram
above. Pay particular attention to the wind direction
and if at all possible have an alternative arrangement
on site if the wind changes. If you decide on a
bonfire make sure that it is at least 15 metres
from buildings, roads, railways and other public
rights of way, clear of overhead obstructions like
power lines and is a safe distance from petrol,
fuel oil and gas installations.
WHO NEEDS TO KNOW
Emergency services - police, fire brigade
Coast guards if applicable
Airport authority if applicable
Local institutions. It is wise to inform local
hospitals, nursing homes and farms with animals
Prevent access of spectators to the safety, fall
out and firing areas by some suitable fence or barrier.
Try and provide an adequate number of clearly marked
stewards. Do not allow spectators to bring their
own fireworks including sparklers. Make sure there
is equipment available for putting out small fires
(extinguishers, water, fire blankets).
Well before the day draw up a plan to cover what
could go wrong on the day. Define and agree 'What
action will be taken' and 'Who will
take the action' Here are some likely problems:-wind
direction, accident from firework injury, bonfire
unsafe, disorderly spectators.
LOOKING AFTER THE FIREWORKS
When the fireworks arrive check to see that they
are all there and that you can see no obvious problems.
Repack them into the card boxes and store in a cool
dry place until needed. It is strongly recommended
that firers read the instructions on the fireworks
and examine the fireworks in advance to make sure
they understand and can proceed with the firing
safely. If any more information is required remember
Spectacular Fireworks have expert staff on hand
to deal with your enquiries. Form a firing plan
for the team to follow, basing the site layout closely
on the site diagram. Remember it can rain on the
day and polythene bags are almost essential to protect
the fireworks. They can be quickly and easily removed
immediately prior to lighting.
FIRING THE DISPLAY
Only allow the firers into the firing area and
restrict their numbers to the minimum possible to
ensure continuity of the display. Firers should
wear suitable clothing. A protective hat, goggles
and ear protection are advisable with cotton overalls
(or another non flammable material) Do not use thin
nylon. Always use portfires to light the fireworks
at arms length. Never lean over a firework. If a
firework fails to ignite then leave it well alone
for at least 30 minutes.
CLEARING UP AFTER THE EVENT
Keep the firing area clear of spectators until
the firers have had time to clear up. Locate and
deal with any dud fireworks. These should be soaked
for 24 hours to make them harmless. The spent fireworks
should be collected into refuse sacks for disposal.
Ensure the bonfire has been completely extinguished.
It is a good idea to return to the site at first
light next day to make a final inspection.
HEALTH & SAFETY ACT
Intending organisers of public or
semi public displays should be aware of the requirements
of the Health and safety At Work Act 1974 which
applies not only to the safety of those directly
involved but also to the safety of members of the
public. This leaflet is intended only to provide
basic guidance, compliance with its recommendations
is not necessarily sufficient to meet responsibilities
placed by the act on those who involved in firework