Firework safety is something we feel particularly passionate about here at Fireworks Den. When used responsibly, fireworks are great fun, and an impressive spectacle to watch. However if misused or not set up properly, the effects can be dangerous.
Below I have listed some of the main aspects of firework safety which must be adhered to in order for you and your fellow spectators to have a great firework party.
- 1. Plan your firework display carefully – make sure you have enough space and there are no overhanging trees. All of your spectators should be standing too close. Each firework will have a specific distance specified on the box.
- 2. Keep your fireworks in closed boxes until you use them, and use them one at a time.
- 3. Read each and every firework instruction on every box, using a torch to see in the dark if necessary.
- 4. Light each firework at arms length using a portfire.
- 5. Keep all naked flames away from the fireworks including cigarettes.
- 6. Never return to a firework once it is lit. If it appears not to light, it is tempting to have a closer look or to re-light it. Please do not do this. It could be a defective fuse, in which case the firework might ignite with a delayed reaction. This is one of the most important firework safety tips.
- 7. Do not put fireworks in your pockets or throw them.
- 8. If using rockets, direct them away from the spectators. This sounds obvious, but you would be surprised how often this can happen. Firework safety with rockets are of paramount importance.
- 9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
- 10. Make sure all fire is out before leaving your firework site. You can cover with sand or douse with water and then you can clear up the remains the following day in daylight hours.
This is my no means an all encompassing list, but it does highlight some of the main features of firework safety. There are many useful websites which you can look at for more tips. Click here for more information.
Remember to buy your fireworks from us here or come into our showroom. 127-129 Abbey Road, London, NW6 4SL. Our firework experts are always on hand to offer any advice, so if you have any queries about firework safety or anything else firework related, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We look forward to helping you soon.