Category Archives: 4th July

Top Twenty 4th July Firework Safety Tips

Everybody loves a great 4th July fireworks show, but we have compiled some useful tips to ensure that your fourth July fireworks show is as safe as possible:

1. Keep fireworks in a closed box and out of reach of children.

2. Never buy illegal fireworks, always buy fireworks from a reputable retailer.

3. Never try to make your own fireworks!

4. Never handle fireworks if you have consumed alcohol or drugs.

5. Follow the instructions on each firework carefully, use a torch if required, but never use a naked flame such as a lighter!

6. Light only one firework at a time.

7. Light the fireworks at arm’s length using a portfire/taper and stand well back.

8. Never go back to a lit firework, even if the firework fails to go off.

9. Don’t hold lit fireworks in your hand.

10. Never put fireworks in your pocket, as the friction could cause the fireworks to set off.

11. Never throw fireworks.

12. Always point rockets away from spectators.

13. Point fireworks away from homes, trees and any other easily flammable materials.

14. Wear safety goggles when lighting fireworks.

15. If possible wear a high visibility jacket and a hard hat.

16. Light only one sparkler at a time and please handle sparklers carefully as temperatures can reach up to 2,000ºC.

17. Children must be supervised by an adult when handling sparklers and please ensure children wear gloves when using sparklers.

18. Dispose of sparklers in a bucket of water.

19. Always keep a first aid kit to hand in case of any injuries.

20. Animals can get very distressed when fireworks go off. Please keep animals indoors for their own protection.

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A Collection Of American Fireworks Stands By PyroSamm

This is a look at a number of fireworks ‘stands’ in the USA which is either permanently there or simply pop up in time for annual Independence Day 4th July celebrations. Some are really well laid out and smart establishments and others frankly wouldn’t withstand much more than a stiff breeze and offer little or no protection from the elements.

In one of the shots, there are a couple of buxom babes serving – you can bank on this shop selling thousands of whatever she is waving about.

Unfortunately, over in the US, they don’t have a fireworks regulatory body which sets out the regulations for the whole of the Country. Each state creates its own law so one state may have a licence to sell all year round whereas the neighbouring town or city are unable to have fireworks at all.

From watching the film through it is evident that most of the pyro on offer appears to be what we would categorise as 1.4g and are in the main TNT and Black Cat brands.

The US has a central commission which defines what constitutes a consumer firework and they are limited to 500g of powder content. When you compare this to the brilliant Thunderous Finale from Epic Fireworks which has 1548 grams of powder, you can see why ours are bigger, better and louder than anything available to a consumer in the USA.