Hosting a safe firework display involves careful planning and adherence to safety guidelines. Here are some essential tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience:

Plan Ahead

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It is crucial to plan ahead. Check local regulations to ensure you comply with laws regarding fireworks, and obtain any necessary permits from your local council. Choose a suitable location for the display, ensuring there is ample space away from buildings, trees, and other obstructions. For more information on local regulations and permits, visit GOV.UK Fireworks Regulations.

Safety Precautions

Risk Assessment: A detailed risk assessment is conducted to identify potential hazards and implement measures to mitigate them. This includes considering the location, audience size, and environmental factors.

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Permissions and Legal Requirements: Obtaining the necessary permissions from local authorities and ensuring compliance with national fireworks safety regulations are crucial steps. In the UK, this might involve liaising with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local councils.

Site Preparation

Safety precautions are essential for a successful firework display. Keep spectators at a safe distance by using barriers or ropes to establish a clear safety zone. Have fire extinguishers, buckets of water, or a hosepipe readily available to handle any potential fire hazards. Always be aware of the weather forecast and avoid lighting fireworks in windy conditions, as this can increase the risk of accidents.

Choosing and Handling Fireworks

When selecting and handling fireworks, it is important to buy from reputable sources. Purchase fireworks from licensed and reputable suppliers, and store them in a cool, dry place away from any sources of ignition and out of the reach of children. Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on each firework to ensure proper usage.


Setting Up

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Setting up the fireworks correctly is another key aspect of safety. Ensure the firing area is clear of flammable materials and debris. Set up fireworks on a stable, flat surface and use proper launchers or bury the firework bases as instructed. When lighting fireworks, use a long-handled lighter or a fuse to keep a safe distance, and light them one at a time to avoid accidents.

During the Display

During the display, responsible supervision is crucial. Have adults oversee the display at all times and ensure that the person lighting the fireworks is sober. It is also important to have an emergency plan in place, including a clear evacuation route and access to first aid.

After the Display

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After the display, dispose of used fireworks safely by soaking them in water before discarding to prevent accidental fires. Check for any unlit fireworks and never attempt to relight a dud firework. Wait 15-20 minutes and then soak it in water to ensure it is safe to handle.

Consideration for Pets and Neighbours

Consideration for pets and neighbours is also important when hosting a firework display. Inform neighbours in advance, especially those with pets or young children, so they can make any necessary preparations. Keep pets indoors and provide a safe, quiet space for them during the display to minimise their distress. For more tips on pet safety during fireworks, visit RSPCA Firework Safety.

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While these tips can help ensure a safe firework display, we would always advise that you visit a professional firework display company rather than attempting to organise it yourself. Professional companies have the expertise, experience, and equipment to manage firework displays safely and effectively, providing a spectacular show without the associated risks. For any questions or enquiries about Firework Displays, get in touch and our friendly team will be happy to help.

The behind-the-scenes work of a major firework event is a complex blend of art, science, and meticulous safety planning. Pyrotechnicians and event organisers work closely together for months to create a display that is not only visually stunning but also safe for everyone involved.

For firework displays that will wow your guests, Phenomenal Fireworks have a wide range of services. To learn more, view our website and to discuss your requirements, Call 0800 118 29 21.