Information The St Firework Code

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S-T Fireworks Guardian
Dec 16, 2013
Where posts from the ideas thread will end up, this is the new ST firework code. To be clear, this is the normal firework code that should always be followed, but with a few other good suggestions from members :)

The current firework code (taken from @Rich's post):
1. Follow the Fireworks Code.

Keep fireworks in a closed box
Follow the instructions on each firework
Light all fireworks at arms length
Stand well back
Never go back to a lit firework
Never put fireworks in your pocket
Never throw fireworks
Keep Pets indoors

2. Use only BS 7114 Fireworks

Check this when you are buying. All reputable dealers will only sell fireworks to this standard and if you are ever offered any others leave them alone!

3. Take special care with sparklers

Sparklers can be beautiful and enjoyable for young children but adults must be aware of their potential. Sparklers are the cause of a disproportionate number of injuries but only a few simple precautions are necessary.
Always supervise children with sparklers.
Teach them to hold the sparkler at arms length, but not near anyone else
Sparklers are not for the under 5s. They will be labeled as such and it is your responsibility.
Have a container of water handy, big enough for the spent sparkler. Dump the sparkler in it as soon as it goes out

Additional advice we think is relevent:
From @jay: Make sure that you read and know explicitly what each type of firework does. Eg. rockets are not shot tubes on sticks, make sure before igniting that the rocket and stick can rise freely without getting stuck. Use the provided launch tube to fire rockets, aim them slightly away from trees/spectators/any obstructions. But always make sure the rocket is free to rise.
If you are unsure, seek advice from a reputable specialist, they should be happy to provide you with any information on how to fire a safe and fun display, or make a thread on this forum, any of us members will be happy to advise you :)

From @AnthonyUKpyro: Choose your fireworks with the size of the firing site in mind. If you only have a small 10m garden, only buy category 2 garden fireworks, with a safety distance of either 5 or 8m. However, the new regulation CE fireworks are a bit of a blackspot, some CE 8 fireworks are not safe to use at 8m, or eevn 10-12m. This is not a problem when buying fireworks from a supermarket, as most of those are smaller fireworks with less powerful effects, but if buying from a specialist retailer, make sure you check with them whether the firework is suitable to use in your garden.
If you only have a small firing site, buying a bunch of huge Cat3 cakes is really not the way to go. Smaller fireworks can be and are just as god as big ones.
If you want more info on this, speak to your local specialist, or make a thread on this forum.
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