Practical Guide to Safety

This site has been written as a practical guide for putting on your own fireworks display. This comes as a result of our long experience in firing fireworks displays over the many years with our professional section.

Many fireworks available to the general public also form part of our regular displays throughout the year and can be used to create a professional looking Do it Yourself display. 

In recent years consumer fireworks have been increasing in size, quality and variety, making them more spectacular every year. In order that your display is both impressive and safe, there are many safety issues to be addressed, these issues can be varied and range from how much space is required for a display to disposal of debris after the display.

Display safety is the main goal of Pains Fireworks and with careful preparation, you can be launching spectacular fireworks displays safely yourself.

If you wish to view the subject in more detail please look through the site where we hope you will find answers to a problem you may have on 'How To'

Learn the 5 most important things to ensure your fireworks display goes with the right sort of bang!


Knowledge and understanding of fireworks

Form a committee to run the event;

Appoint a Health & Safety Officer and gather information regarding fireworks and other hazards;

Form a firing team and get them trained in the correct use of fireworks;


Suitability of your chosen display site

Is your chosen site large enough for the fireworks, spectators and a bonfire?

Are there any overhead obstructions, trees or power lines?

How close are buildings to the display site?

Do you have sufficient entrances for spectators and emergency vehicles?

Is there car parking available;


Choosing your fireworks

Is the area level or on a slope, it will make a difference. You should have a level area for aerial fireworks and a sloping area for ground fireworks;

Avoid wet & boggy or hard & stony ground;



Advertise your display;

Inform the emergency services when and where your display will be;

Make a Risk Assessment for your event;

Make an Emergency Procedures Plan, including steward’s actions in case of emergency;

Plan and mark out the spectator zone including an area for the disabled and then calculate the number of people it can hold without overcrowding;

Plan and mark the fireworks and fallout areas with the prevailing wind direction and have an alternative position in case the wind changes on the day

Arrange Public Liability insurance for the event and make sure you also have insurance for the bonfire;

Make sure the bonfire is built correctly and materials used do not contravene any by-laws ;

Make sure you have a suitable place to store the fireworks

Make sure you have a suitable communication system;


Safety Management on the day

Effective stewarding of all areas:

Check that entrance and exit gates are clearly marked and illuminated;

Make sure the safety barriers fixed in position;

Check the weather conditions and wind direction, make sure its blowing away from spectators;

Check bonfire for stability and dry lighting material;

Erect a safety zone around the bonfire and have an attendant supervising it;

Prevent the public from bringing their own fireworks;

Layout the fireworks in an orderly manor;

Securely fix the fireworks;

Make sure the firing team are clear on the firing sequence.

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