WHY DOES MY FIREWORK HAVE TWO FUSES?
This is a commonly asked question as the rules, regulations and safety evolve over time.
Gone are the days of ‘Lighting the blue touch paper’ and nowadays we have nice green Visco fuse to light on top of our fireworks.
The standards were improved several years ago to contain an orange fuse cover and on larger fireworks will now contain two fuse coverings usually labelled ‘Main Fuse’ and ‘Reserve fuse.’
The main reason for this is that should the main fuse fail the reserve fuse may be lit so the fireworks can still be used safely, however you should always remember that in using the reserve fuse the firework will fire back to front / reverse and especially with finale fireworks this will mean your spectacular finale volley will fire at the start!
It is rare for a fuse to fail but it’s nice to know there is a back up option, especially with some very large and expensive compound fireworks around these days. Its good to know you have a back up!