Planning An Event With Pyrotechnics

40165230_mSmall firework displays are aplenty during the summer season, when fair weather and plentiful fetes and festivals dominate the events calendar. Even if you are only planning an intimate event, it is still essential to ensure that you plan properly to reduce the risk of injury.

Here are our top tips.

  1. Choose fireworks in category 1, 2 and 3 if you intend to light the display yourself. Those in category 4 should only ever be lit by professional firework operators.
  2. Store the fireworks safely before the event.
  3. Ensure that the safety zone perimeter is sufficiently away from spectators (25 metres for category 3 fireworks) and that there are no overhead power lines in your chosen spot.
  4. Take into account the effect wind may have on your display, and create a bigger safety zone if needed.
  5. Do not let anyone inside the safety zone.
  6. Ensure safety equipment is nearby if needed, such as fire blankets and sand buckets.
  7. Wear a helmet and gloves for protection during lighting.
  8. Never attempt to relight a firework that didn’t go off.
  9. Always check the site the next day for fireworks that didn’t go off and dispose of them safely – please call your local fire service for advice on the recommended procedure for your area.
  10. Don’t forget your insurance – we recommend specialist firework insurance for all pyrotechnic events, no matter how small.

Firework insurance is not just for the display, it covers all things related to the display including storage and transport. For more information about cover please call Insurance Experts on 01245 500433