Posts Tagged ‘Pyrotechnics’
WHAT: British Firework Championships 2014
WHERE: The Hoe, Plymouth
WHEN: Tuesday 12th August 2014 and Wednesday 13th August 2014
OPENING TIMES: To be confirmed
The details for next year’s British Fireworks Championships in 2014 have been released.
This years event will be bigger and better than ever according to organisers as the beautiful Plymouth Sound plays host to the best display companies in the UK.
Over the two days, Tuesday 12th August 2014 and Wednesday 13th August 2013 there will be not less than four tonnes of pyro going up into the night sky.
The event is great fun for all the family and not being over the weekend it involves anyone holidaying or staying in the area to see particularly when they have more than 200,000 people visiting the Hoe to see the next professional team to be crowned British Firework Champions.
The 2013 champions Star Fireworks were awarded Champion of Champions following the shocking weather in 2012 with gale force winds made it impossible to see the fireworks well and the decision was made to hold over the result and re-compete.
We will bring you the running order as soon as it is confirmed as I am sure this is going to be battle royal this time around.
Whilst it’s not ideal, some displays, particularly those for events like Bonfire Night where it is ticketed, must go on whether it is raining and blowing a gale or not.
There are certain measures that you can take to avoid damage to your fireworks though even if the only protection afforded to the gathered crowds is huddling around a mug of hot soup.
Our best advice is to first of all, buy some swing bin liners. The thin and cheap type are the best as they offer the best protection from the rain and you can readily light fireworks through the wrapper without having to remove them.
Pop your barrage into the bag, tie it securely and then gaffer tape it to a board (for stability) and you are ready to go. It would be best if you could do all this indoors whether that is a shed or some garage or another. Now if you are not expecting bad weather but are setting up in an area where it may have been damp, it is still in your best interests to make sure they are as protected as possible as we found last year when one of our customers set up on the beach long after the tide had gone out but the sand was still very wet resulting in damage to the fireworks.
In the case of rockets you should push the provided launch tube firmly into the ground until such time as it can bear the weight of a large rocket without falling over. Cover again with the cheap plastic bags and leave the fuse cover intact until firing time. I would add though that you should check to see if they can easily be removed beforehand so you can loosen them as in some cases they are glued into place and it could be difficult to do this in the dark later on.
The principal is the same whatever the firework – keep it dry and it will be beautiful and forget to do so and you will end up with potentially hundreds of pounds of soggy cardboard box!!
If you are needing any help or assistance with your display, whether it relates to firing order, space, weather proofing or what to buy to suit your crowd better, just give us a call and we will try to help.
Bonfire Night Safety
Whilst the vast majority of us thoroughly enjoy Bonfire Night and in particular fireworks, let us not under-estimate the destructive power of pyro and the terrible injuries which can easily result from the mishandling of fireworks.
The video above highlights the dangers of playing with fireworks has been released by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) as they go on sale ahead of Bonfire Night.
Part of the annual Treacle campaign, launched this week, it shows the devastating effects an illegal firework can have when it explodes in a child’s hand.
It comes a year after an “onion bomb” (also known as a shell) detonated in the face of a 10-year-old boy in Salford leaving him with serious burns and facial injuries.
Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention, Peter O’Reilly said: “As Bonfire Night approaches we want everyone to enjoy it safely, so this video serves as a reminder to children and parents what can happen if you don’t take firework safety seriously.
“Last year everyone remembers the shocking image of a 10-year-old boy in hospital with serious injuries, he had been holding an illegal onion bomb when it exploded in his face. “This year, we hope this video, which reveals the horrors of firework injuries, will make people think twice.”
Here are some facts and figures and safety advice to ensure that you don’t end up being another statistic:
• Did you know that fireworks can reach speeds of up to 150-200 mph.
• It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18 – so if you are asked for ID, please don’t be offended – it is for your benefit and ensures that fireworks are handled only by those responsible enough to do so.
• Sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 1600 degrees centigrade which is as hot as a blowtorch. Do not allow the under 5’s to handle sparklers – before you have the time to think and react, your little one could have third degree burns on their little hands.
• Bonfire Night was originally call ‘Bone Fire’ night in reference to the burning of the carcasses of the animals slaughtered in the Summer months.
• Until as late as 1959, it was illegal to not celebrate Bonfire Night in the UK.
• Throwing fireworks is not only crassly stupid and an extremely dangerous thing to do but it could result in a fine of up to £5000.00
• Pets can become very upset over the Bonfire Night period of celebrations, which can go on for up to 10-days depending on when the actually 5th falls but if you follow a few simple rules, you can alleviate some of their distress. We at Epic Fireworks recommend that you check out the details available on the RSPCS website.
• More than half the reported injuries sustained on BFN are to children. The most common damage seen in hospitals up and down the country are to the hands and face.
• Make sure that any fireworks or sparklers purchased comply to BS7114 or CE standards as set out by the Health and Safety Executive for safety and performance (they also check to ensure that the chemicals and metals etc used comply to strict recommended levels).
• Check the safety distance recommendations on your fireworks. They can vary from ‘garden’ fireworks which generally have a 5 metre safety distance and consumer display fireworks which have a 25 metre minimum recommended clearance distance.
Above all, whilst it is necessary to outline this information, provided you and your family follow the ‘Fireworks Code’ you will stay safe with all your fingers intact to celebrate for many more years to come.
• Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
• Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
• Keep fireworks in a closed box.
• Follow the instructions on each firework.
• Light them at arm’s length, using a taper.
• Stand well back.
• Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
• Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
• Always supervise children around fireworks.
• Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
• Never give sparklers to a child under five.
• Keep pets indoors.
• Don’t let off noisy fireworks after 11pm (this does not apply at New Year.
Get children involved and make a poster about firework safety. It is much better to do this than run the risk of a lifetime of pain and skin grafts.