Category Archives: Firework Safety

ULTIMATE FIREWORK SAFETY

Safety comes 1st here at Epic Fireworks.

Here is a list of the safety features you must follow before having any dealings with fire and fireworks:

It is better to be safe than sorry.

• Make sure that you have safety goggles and a pair of gloves to hand and wear them when lighting fireworks.

• Make sure that there is one person in control of lighting the fireworks.

• Make sure that you have a bucket of water handy for used sparklers and any unspent fireworks.

• Double check your bonfire before lighting, make sure there is nothing inside (hedgehogs are renowned for hiding in bonfires).

• Use the safety port fires to light your fireworks not a lighter and any other naked flame and ALWAYS light them at arm’s length.

• Don’t drink and light fireworks – alcohol and fireworks are not a good combination and they may lead to injury.

• Store your fireworks in a metal box and use them one at a time.

• Make sure that you give pets enough space and somewhere to hide before you set off the fireworks.

• Make sure that you read the instructions fully on the fireworks before lighting them.

• Never throw fireworks.

• Make sure that you have the correct distance when standing and watching the display and point any fireworks away from your audience.

• Never go back to a lit firework even if it hasn’t gone off.

• Make sure there is a first aid kit to hand.

• Always supervise children around fireworks.

• Do not give sparklers to children under 5 years old.

• Do not throw fireworks onto the bonfire.

• Make sure that the fire has been put out fully and any dud or incomplete fireworks are submerged in water for 24-48hrs before leaving the display.

• Notify any neighbours if you are having a display so they can if they need to sort out any animals they may have before.

• Make sure that you adhere to the law and keep an eye on the time. You are able to have fireworks every day between 7am and 11pm. There are exceptions with extended periods for Bonfire Night (midnight) and Diwali, New Year and Chinese New Year (1am).

If ever in doubt; check it out!!

Make sure that everyone is kept safe the next time you have a display!

Firework Code Poster

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DO NOT FORGET THE PORTFIRES

As essential to the display as the fireworks themselves, these small wand shaped safety lighters have been around for some time. With an average burn time of around four and a half minutes, these safety lighters are designed to be windproof ensuing that your firework will light the first time and giving you an extra six inches reach to the fuse.

Today we were asked about why they are known by this name. Not something I had ever thought about before so we thought we would look into it. It transpires that it should be pronounced Porte-feu as it was a French invention from the early 16th century used primarily for lighting cannons, explosives in the mining industry and of course rockets used as a weapons in sea battles. The words Porte (to carry) and feu (fire) when combined give us the name. The term was translated into English as ‘Portfire’ around the seventeenth century.

Portfires are simply long tubes crammed full of slow burning gunpowder with a fuse, when lit a steady flame appears allowing you to light the fireworks in a safe way.

With safety remaining top of our list of priorities, all display packs in the Epic range are supplied with these lighters but we recommend them to all our customers. You could of course use a plumbers or cooks blow torch, but at just 96p for four our portfires may work out less expensive and are designed specifically for lighting fireworks.

Portfires are also ideal for lighting multiple sparklers at the same time like at a wedding with a guard of honour in sparklers or when launching Chinese lanterns as the wax fuel cell that creates the heat and therefore lift is quickly and easily lit.

Portfire Fun 3

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4th July Fireworks And Pets

Fireworks are enjoyed year-round by people to celebrate the 4th July, but can be a source of fear to many animals.

This is not necessarily something which has to cause problems for the pet owner provided they take some precautions in respect to finding them somewhere they feel safe.

Making sure that your cat or dog has somewhere to hide and that importantly they have access to this area at all times. This may be a cupboard or under the bed but it must be readily available.

We recommend that you walk dogs during daylight hours and keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off. At nightfall, close curtains and put on some music to mask the sound of the fireworks for your pets. If your pet shows signs of fear, try to ignore it as this can compound the issue. Leave your pet alone unless they are likely to harm themselves.

Sounds scary – In the long-term, your dog needs to learn to be less afraid of noises and therefore may benefit from a treatment offered by the RSPCA called sounds scary. It’s a CD based therapy to lessen the impact of noise on animals.

If you are going out to a display, just ensure that your pets have a safe haven, with their favourite toy and close all curtains, blinds and doors to lessen the impact of the noise and lights.

If your display is going to be in your own garden area, you could consider going for quieter firework selections to lessen the impact and again, try to keep them inside and out-of-the-way of the children and other visitors as animals can be very unpredictable when they are afraid.

If you need help or advice on which of the Epic lines are best suited to pet owners, please get in touch.

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