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Please Be Safe This Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night Safety

Whilst the vast majority of us thoroughly enjoy Bonfire Night and in particular, fireworks, let us not underestimate 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 called ‘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 strictly 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.

Firework Code

• 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.


Silly Epic Season 2013

Wyn Testing Epic Fireworks May 2013

Silly season (as we affectionately refer to Bonfire Night) is almost upon us again and the goodies are already winging their way to us from China.

The first container is due to arrive later this week (26th July 2013) and is holding some of my favourite things, rocket volleys. Some may think that they are a waste of time and money but in my opinion, the effects are EPIC.

Last year, as some of you who despite calling in your order early, missed out on these brilliant rocket volleys due to stocks being taken up very quickly indeed. This year, we hope to make hundreds happier as we bring in an additional five hundred of each.

It has been a year of change in many respects. The year started with Jimmy and Paul off on their usual trip to China to see what was on offer and decide whether it was going to be feasible to ensure that we had all the products we needed for this season and check out some for next year as unfortunately, due to the introduction of the new CE marking, the registration and importation of new products is quite long and laborious and as such we could not bring them in for the 2013 season.

In late January, Jimmy became a grandfather for the first time to a beautiful little boy who could melt the heart of anyone with his chunky chops and yummy little legs.

Back over to China in May to see how things were progressing after the Chinese New Year celebrations had come to an end and manufacturing back on track it was all hands to the pumps. We made sure that all the items were tested and any issues addressed before we left for the UK. Now, all we can do was wait for news of their arrival.

A busy couple of months with the turn in the weather as more and more people buy fireworks to celebrate with family and friends at their barbecue and of course, wedding season is in full swing with orders daily for upcoming celebrations.

Then sadly, we moved into June which was met with the loss of Bruce the German Shepherd dog who was part of the Epic team throughout his all too short 12-year life. He passed peacefully in his bed, surrounded by his toys. It is difficult under any circumstances to lose a beloved pet but even more so when you have spent 24 hours a day with him since birth. His loss will be felt by all who knew him. Rest in peace old friend xxx

Into July, Jimmy toddled off again to China just to ensure that the goodies are ready to hit the waves on the South China seas and back into the UK in time for his youngest son’s wedding, Dr Singh and his fiancée, who is also a Doctor had absolutely beautiful weather to enjoy their day.

Now, we just have to wait with bated breath for the delivery schedules for all the containers coming in this year and await the heaving throngs from all over the country looking for the best quality in pyro at the most competitive pricing around. If you are having a Bonfire Night celebration this year and want to have the chance to put on a display to remember, give us a call and we will certainly try to meet your budget needs.

We open 7-days a week and are conveniently based just a couple of minutes away from Junction 36 of the M1. Pop along, have a cuppa and a chat.


FIRE Fascination, Firework and Festival

Do you remember your first time?

Check this out 🙂

I have just spent the last few hours going through the amazing pictures and the fantastic old-school artwork of a fascinating new book called FIRE Fascination, Firework and Festival by Mark Fleming.

FIRE explores how ancient Pagan festivals have given rise to Halloween and Bonfire Night, two of our most evocative and lasting celebrations. The book looks at gunpowder, and how it helped shape the surface of our planet as well as give us the mesmerizing world of pyrotechnics. It looks too at how history has taken Guy Fawkes from being a hated villain to being the icon of the digital age and the grinning face of firework night. Remembered too are the companies of a lost industry that once made November their own.

FIRE is released first in a  FREE  (YES, we said free) PDF e-book version and a physical edition is planned for later in the year but will be subject to enough interest being shown to cover the printing costs.

Please share this fantastic piece of work with family and friends and let’s hope we generate enough interest so the book can go to print.

The epic fireworks team would like to congratulate Mark on his wonderful achievement and wish him the very best for the future.