Fireworks are fun and exciting but remember they are explosives! They should be treated with care, but don’t let that put you off using them. If handled correctly you probably have more chance of hurting yourself falling down the stairs!
Categories of Fireworks consist of 3 types, which are available to the public, these are as follows:-
Category F1 – Indoor – Close Presence Fireworks
Category F2 – Garden Fireworks
Category F3 – Large Garden – Display Fireworks
The difference of the Categories: Category (Cat) F2 & F3 Fireworks
Category F2 and F3 Fireworks are virtually the same. However, F2 Fireworks are suitable to use in smaller gardens and carry a minimum safety distance of 8 metres. F3 Fireworks are generally larger and you need a minimum 15-25 metre safety distance to use them. Revolution Retail Ltd suggests that more safety is adhered to for larger F3 items. This is to ensure your safety as well as being able to admire the effects.
Organizing your display
One person is to be nominated for being in charge of the fireworks and lighting. For larger displays then a committee should be assigned tasked with various jobs for each individual, to ensure maximum safety. Please ensure that the firing site can accommodate the type of fireworks you are firing. Having larger surroundings is always beneficial to promote safety.
Please adhere and read all the instructions placed on the fireworks. All fireworks act differently and are required to be securely set up in their own distinctive way to ensure maximum Fireworks Safety. Over the past years new style barrages (cakes) have been found were extra care should be taken to ensure that correct side of the firework is facing the audience. Barrages (cakes), Roman Candles and Fountains should be buried in soft ground. If it is or starts raining, please use plastic bags or bin liners to keep your fireworks dry.
Fountains mainly come in the shape of a cone, making it hard to attach them to something. Please place this type of product on a flat surface such as a paving slab. Placing it on grass will increase the chances of it falling over.
Rockets should only be launched from suitable tubes, if you require more you can make your own from a plastic plumbing pipe, but always ensure that the stick of the rocket can rise freely from the pipe. If the stock gets stuck in a pipe the rocket will explode. The stock is not there just to support the rocket before lift off, it actually plays an integral part to ensure that the rocket head remains intact for its upward flight. If the stick of a rocket is broken, please dispose safely and DO NOT be tempted to launch it. All rockets should be angled away from spectators, obstruction of trees and power-lines.
If a bonfire is being performed, it should be at a safe distance down away from the fireworks area and must be supervised. Never use inflammables such as petrol or paraffin to start the fire and under no circumstances dispose of used or unused fireworks on the bonfire.
For safety surrounding fireworks, ensure you are wearing protective clothing, goggles, hard hat and gloves. If fireworks are being ignited individually please ensure that all fireworks are kept in a fireproof container and are taken out when needed. PLEASE DO NOT PUT FIREWORKS IN YOUR POCKETS! leaving them in a vulnerable situation could lead to sparks being distributed from from lit fireworks. You should ensure that the audience are cordoned off. A Marshall should be designated to ensure crowd control. A torch will be required to read the instructions on the fireworks. Avoid reading instructions with a Naked Flame! Fire extinguishers, buckets of sand or water should be readily available. Always light the fireworks at arms length, once the firework has ignited immediately retire to a safe distance. NEVER RETURN TO A LIT FIREWORK, EVEN IF YOU THINK ITS NOT LIT.
Fall out area
You should have an adequate fall out area of 30-50 metres.
Place smaller items at the front of this area and larger cakes and rockets towards the back. Remember to angle all fireworks towards the fall out area.
Minimum 25 metres more if space allows. Ideally 50 metres.
Never walk or lean across the top of any firework. Treat them as you would a loaded gun muzzle
Always soak unignited fireworks in water for 24 hours before disposal
Never smoke when handling fireworks
When firing a display always wear protective overalls, goggles, hard hat and gloves. Beware of hot effects falling into gaping pockets, wellington boots etc.
Never put used or unused fireworks on to a bonfire
Make sure rockets are free to rise from their tubes. Rockets will always fly in to the wind, so take this into consideration. If it’s to windy, DON’T FIRE THEM
Check all Barrages (cakes) with angles are facing the audience correctly.
• STAND SEVERAL FEET AWAY FROM LIT FIREWORKS
• IF A DEVICE DOES NOT GO OFF, DO NOT STAND OVER IT TO INVESTIGATE IT. PUT IT OUT WITH WATER AND DISPOSE OF IT
• ALWAYS HAVE A BUCKET OF WATER AND/OR A FIRE EXTINGUISHER NEARBY.
• KNOW HOW TO OPERATE THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER PROPERLY
• MOST IMPORTANTLY, NEVER LIGHT FIREWORKS INDOORS OR NEAR DRY GRASS AND POINT FIREWORKS AWAY FROM HOMES, AND KEEP AWAY FROM BUSHES, LEAVES AND FLAMMABLE SUBSTANCES
• THE FIREWORK CODEALWAYS FOLLOW THE FIREWORK CODE, STICK TO THESE SIMPLE RULES, AND BE SAFE THIS BONFIRE NIGHT.
• ONLY BUY CE MARKED FIREWORKS MARKED (EN 15947)
• DON’T DRINK ALCOHOL IF YOU’RE SETTING OFF FIREWORKS
• STORE FIREWORKS IN A CLOSED BOX
• FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON EACH FIREWORK
• LIGHT FIREWORKS AT ARM’S LENGTH, USING THE TAPER PROVIDED
• STAND WELL BACK
• NEVER GO NEAR A FIREWORK THAT HAS BEEN LIT – EVEN IF IT HASN’T GONE OFF IT COULD STILL EXPLODE
• NEVER PUT FIREWORKS IN YOUR POCKET OR THROW THEM
• ALWAYS SUPERVISE CHILDREN AROUND FIREWORKS
• LIGHT SPARKLERS ONE AT A TIME AND WEAR GLOVES
• NEVER GIVE SPARKLERS TO A CHILD UNDER FIVE
• KEEP PETS INDOORS
• DON’T SET OFF NOISY FIREWORKS LATE AT NIGHT AND NEVER AFTER 11.00PM (EXCEPT ON CERTAIN OCCASIONS)
• TAKE CARE AROUND OPEN FLAMES SUCH AS BONFIRES AND BARBECUES – ALL CLOTHES EVEN THOSE LABELED ‘LOW FLAMMABILITY’ CAN CATCH FIRE
If you misuse fireworks you may be liable for an on the spot fine of £80. If found guilty by the courts you could get a fine of up to £5,000.
It is an offence to:
• BUY ADULT FIREWORKS IF YOU ARE UNDER 18
• SET OFF FIREWORKS IN THE STREET OR OTHER PUBLIC PLACES
• SET OFF FIREWORKS BETWEEN 11.00 PM AND 7.00 AM
You can let off fireworks until 12.00 pm on bonfire night and until 1.00 am on Christmas, New Years Eve, Chinese New Year or Diwali.
If you are using fireworks you will need to be aware of your neighbours and make sure that you do not cause a nuisance.