We love fireworks at Brightburst. The fantastic array of colour and noises but if used incorrectly
fireworks can become deadly weapons, after all they are explosives and must be treated with respect. Here is a simple set of guidelines to help insure that your display is setup correctly and fired in the safest way possible.
NOMINATE ONE PERSON TO BE IN CHARGE OF THE FIREWORKS.
This person is ultimately responsible for the safety of the spectators and ensuring the safe set up and firing of the fireworks.
ENSURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH SPACE FOR THE FIREWORK TO PERFORM CORRECTLY.
You will need more space than you think. Remember what goes up will come down in the direction of the wind, hopefully not on you next door neighbours brand new Bentley. Ensure you have enough of a fall out zone so hot debris cannot harm spectators or damage property.
ENSURE THE WIND IS NOT BLOWING TOWARDS THE CROWD.
This is sometimes over looked. The wind direction must not be blowing from the firing site towards the spectators, buildings or tall trees as falling debris can be extremely hot. Keep note of the wind direction during the display. If it changes then seize fire and decide if it is safe to continue.
SECURE ALL FIREWORKS DOWN ENSURING THEY CANNOT FALL OVER.
Cat 2 Garden fireworks can simply pushed into the ground or sand bucket. Larger display type
fireworks need a bit more attention especially if it is not possible to bury them. (1) Place a wooden steak or tent peg into the ground (2) Place the firework behind it so that the steak is between the firework and the crowd. (3) Ensure the fuse is to the rear of the firework (4) Secure the firework to the steak using tape or zip ties. By doing the above you are ensuring that no matter what happens the firework cannot topple towards the crowd. Do not over tighten zip ties as this can pinch the firework tubes and cause a malfunction. If you are unsure if a firework is secure TAKE NO RISKS and put another steak in.
ALWAYS FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON EACH FIREWORK.
If at any point you are unsure of how to prepare a firework such as fanned cakes or Catherine wheels, simply follow the instructions on the back of each firework and your display will be safe and successful.
WHEN IGNITING BY HAND USE GLOVES AND A PORTFIRE OR TAPER AT ARMS LENGTH.
Tapers come free with most rocket packs and selection boxes. Tapers smoulder at around 200 degrees and are ideal for lighting a small amount of garden fireworks. But for larger multiple fireworks it's safer to use a portfire (sold at Brightburst) these burn at 1000+ degrees and instantly ignite anything they touch,
Including you!! so take extreme care. Do not store these in your pockets and always were gloves. Light the tip of the fuses at arm's length and retire immediately.
NEVER RETURN TO A LIT FIREWORK.
The consequences could be fatal. Unfortunately fireworks are very unpredictable and no matter what happens you should never return to a firework once lit. If it doesn't fire leave that firework until the end of the display then douse with water and bury.
AFTER THE SHOW.
Once all is fired leave the fireworks to cool down for 10mins before attempting a clear up. Typically this is when fireworks catch alight and burn as the spent gunpowder is very hot and ignites the cardboard.
Douse all burning embers with water collect the dead fireworks and bury or dispose of down your local waste plant or recycling centre.
From all of us at Brightburst have a fantastic evening and stay safe.