Safety on Site
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BARRAGE A number of Roman Candles fired from a single ignition point, usually contained in a Cardboard Tube.
BATTERY A number of Roman Candles fired from a single ignition point, usually attached to a stake.
PYRAMID Three Roman Candles usually on a Wooden Frame.
MINE Consists of a stout tube with a delay fuse, producing a shower of stars, which are fired high into the air.
SET PIECE Consists of a frame with various Fireworks attached to it to give static or revolving patterns.
PORTFIRE A tube which, when lit gives a flame (unaffected by wind) used to light the various types of firework. Port fires should always be attached to a port fire holder so that the operator is at a safe distance when lighting the fireworks.
DELAY FUSE All fireworks have some form of delay which, when lit enable the firer to stand clear. In larger items the Delay burns for 5 to 15 seconds.
WHEEL DEVICES Wheel devices, which rotate, must be securely fixed to the posts so that they are allowed to rotate freely. Nails or bolts are sent in the cases for this purpose. Please ensure that after fixing the devices can be rotated freely.
ROCKETS Rockets should be launched from a rocket frame or tube. After loading rockets into the launch the spare Rockets should be placed in a box underneath a sack or tarpaulin pointing away from the audience. Some Rockets come with the sticks packed separately, assemble the in advance, making sure that the stick is pushed fully home into the socket.
PLEASE NOTE!! Firework display finish times
Please be aware you can't set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am - except for on 5 November when you can set them off until midnight and New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali when they can be set off until 1am.
The layout of the display should be designed to give the most pleasing effect whilst allowing sufficient distance between the pieces to prevent ignition of one from another. The local weather conditions, as well as individual convenience, must be taken into consideration - particularly with regard to rockets. All Fireworks with aerial effects must be angled away from the crowd to ensure that the remnants fall where they can cause neither injury nor damage.
Stage the display; if possible, with the wind blowing away from the audience. On no account should the wind blow from behind the display or smoke will obscure much of its beauty. It is advisable whenever there is crosswind to fire the downwind pieces first. Firing should never take place over the heads of the spectators. Fire the display quickly to give maximum effect.
No spectators should be allowed into the display with their own fireworks - publicise this in advance.
Ensure that there are enough exit and entry points for the crowds.
Have a garden hose connected, together with buckets of water and sand, and if possible a fire extinguisher. For large displays please inform the police and fire brigade in advance, and ensure that the stewards know how to operate the fire equipment.
If a bonfire is being made, ensure that it is well away from the firing site in a separate, roped off area.
FIRING THE DISPLAY:
Put Safety First!!
Do not fire in very high winds. Stop firing if the audience encroaches on the site. Limit the number of operators, keeping one person responsible for the overall firing. Too many assistants can cause confusion. Ensure that the instructions on each firework are clearly understood before firing. Make sure no one carries fireworks or portfires in their pockets. Ensure that every operator is carrying a powerful electric torch. It is advisable to set up as much of the display as possible (weather permitting) in daylight, but once set up ensure it is not left unattended. Protection against rain can be achieved by covering items with polythene bags or sheets, but these must be removed before firing.
OPERATORS AND STEWARDS:
One responsible person should be in complete control of the display. Assistants should be at least 18 years old, able bodied and wearing non-flammable clothes. (Nylon anoraks are unsuitable, cotton or wool is best).
All operators and stewards should wear white armbands and be allocated specific duties. Safety Goggles and protective gloves are essential.
AFTER THE DISPLAY:
It is the responsibility of the organisers to ensure that the site is searched for any fireworks, which may not have gone off, dowse them with water then immerse them in water. All debris should be cleared after the display and the site again examined in daylight next morning and thoroughly cleared.
Ensure that you have adequate insurance cover for the proposed event!
INCLUDING AERIAL FIREWORKS (Rockets, Mines, Candles)
For further information please phone:
During season 0114 2762626 / Outside season: (Mobile) 07973 129 529