- If your display is to be provided by a professional firework display operator, make sure you are both clear on who does what, especially in the event of an emergency. Nominate a member of your staff to be responsible for calling the emergency services should there be a need.
- Make sure you obtain your fireworks from a reputable supplier. If you are buying or storing the fireworks make sure you have a suitable place to do so. Your fireworks supplier or your Local Authority should be able to advise on this.
- There is lots of Legislation covering fireworks including Explosives Regulations 2014, the Fireworks Act 2003, The Fireworks Regulations 2004 and the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015 to name a few, you should in general note;
- It is illegal to let off fireworks in a public place including a street or road.
- Fireworks should not be let off after 11 p.m. although the deadline is put back an hour on bonfire night when it is 00:00 midnight, New Years Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali when it is 1 a.m.
- Fireworks should not exceed 120Db.
- Residential displays should not include fireworks rated above category 3.”
- If you are using a professional fireworks display operative they can have access to category 4 fireworks. Category 4 fireworks are not available to the general public.
- If you are conducting the display yourself, you are restricted to category 1, 2 and 3 fireworks make sure you check the instructions when you purchase them in summary;
– Category 1 fireworks are indoor fireworks.
– Category 2 fireworks are garden fireworks.
– Category 3 fireworks are display fireworks.
– Category 4 fireworks are for professional use only, and are dangerous to the untrained.
- Inform your neighbours, the Local Authority and your local Fire Officer.
- If your premises within 5 miles of the sea, you will need to inform the Coast Guard, if your premises are near an airport you will also need to inform them of your display.
- You will also need to contact your local Police Officer and you may wish to speak with the St John’s Ambulance.
- Appoint enough stewards or marshalls, they must be clear as to what they are to do on the night of your display and also what to do in the event of an emergency.
- You must of course position fire extinguishers, sand, water and blankets where they are easily accessible, helpers should be clearly displayed in high visibility clothing and first aiders must be clearly identifiable and have the appropriate equipment available to them.
- There must be sufficient stewards/helpers for the crowd you are expecting for your display area. You will be required to provide at least two for the first 500 spectators and an additional 1 for every 250 people thereafter.
- If you have the opportunity for a public address system and radio link that would be sensible but if you do not have access to radios you will need an appropriate message system between the lighter of the fireworks and a runner to relay messages to them.