Firework Safety Advice and Information
Due to the inherent danger associated with fireworks (of any size!), we would like you to spend a few minutes to read this information before you shoot your fireworks… the time it takes may mean the difference between having a great time at your party… or having a bad time at the local hospital!
* Follow the instructions…
* Be safe…
* Be sensible!
The fireworks bought from ‘The Firework Shop’ are of the highest quality and, if handled and fired correctly, will provide you with a beautiful ‘show’. However, it is important to realize that they are not ‘toys’, and if handled incorrectly can be VERY DANGEROUS!
Fireworks should always be handled with great care – and the instructions which follow ensure that risks of accident and/or injury are kept as low as possible.
Transporting Your Fireworks.
ALL fireworks should be transported in their ‘upright’ position (i.e. the position in which they are to be fired).
Fireworks being transported in the back of a ‘Pick-up’ are vulnerable to both weather conditions (particularly rain) as well as being ‘knocked about’ if not secured correctly. If your fireworks are transported this way, you must ensure that they are secure and will not move around under acceleration, braking, and/or cornering etc. A tarpaulin (or similar waterproof cover) should also be used to protect your fireworks. The tarpaulin should be completely wrapped around the fireworks (as in wrapping up a gift), thereby providing complete protection.
Once ‘home’, your fireworks should be stored in a safe place, not in your house, and ideally in some kind of container or box which has a lid.
When the time comes to ‘shoot’ your fireworks, take them out of the box ‘one-at-a-time’, as-and-when required. DO NOT FORGET TO REPLACE THE LID EACH TIME THE BOX IS OPENED.
If you intend to make a ‘display’ (i.e. shooting 2 or more fireworks at the same time), please ask for advice. Not only may we be able to help get the best display from your fireworks, but we will also be able to advise you on safety. The danger and risk of injury associated with fireworks increases dramatically when shooting more than one-at-a-time, so please… ASK FOR ADVICE. We will be only too pleased to help you.
Fireworks That Have Failed To Shoot.
Fireworks that have failed to shoot for some reason must NEVER be re-lit. They should also NEVER be taken back into your home for ‘storage’ etc.
Initially ‘failed fireworks’ should be left alone – ideally for at least an hour… before being flooded with water and then left for a further 30 minutes or so before being moved.
NEVER place any part of your body over a firework… whether it has been fired or not!
Disposing Of Spent Fireworks.
Although spent fireworks are essentially just paper and cardboard (and will therefore ‘breakdown’ relatively quickly) they should not be left as ‘litter’ on the beach or in the country-side.
If you have a problem in disposing of your spent fireworks here on Koh samui, please feel free to contact us… we will be only too pleased to collect and dispose of them on your behalf. This also applies to any fireworks that have failed to shoot.
Please dispose of your spent fireworks responsibly and with due consideration to the environment!
Securing and Shooting Your Fireworks Safely.
You should always shoot your rockets (what ever their size!) from sections of pipe or appropriately-sized containers. These should be pushed into the ground/sand to provide a stable ‘firing-tube’ for your rocket(s).
Once the pipe/container has been put into position, ensure that the ‘stick’ of the rocket is able to move smoothly and freely in and out of it. The ‘neck’ of the pipe/container should only be slightly bigger than the width of the rocket’s ‘stick’… too much movement can result in your rocket not going where you want it to!
CHECK OVERHEAD for trees or power-lines etc before shooting your rocket, and angle the firing-tube (pipe) so that the rocket’s path is clear and safe, and its flight will not cause any problems.
If you are not able to push the firing-tube into the ground, a ‘medium-to-large’ sized bucket that has been filled with sand, soil, pebbles etc can be used as a substitute.
Smaller rockets can be fired safely from narrower sections of pipe or appropriately sized bottles/containers etc, which should then be buried in the ground (or bucket!) deep enough to provide a stable and secure firing position. Again, ensure that the rocket’s stick can move smoothly in and out of the firing-tube, but without too much movement.
DO NOT SIMPLY STICK THE ROCKET INTO THE GROUND/SAND AND LIGHT IT! IF IT ‘STICKS’ AND DOESN’T LIFT-OFF, IT WILL EXPLODE AT GROUND LEVEL AND COULD CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY… ALWAYS USE A PIPE OR SUITABLE CONTAINER AND ENSURE THAT THE ROCKET’S STICK CAN EXIT SMOOTHLY DURING ‘TAKE-OFF’!
Mortars (Single-shot fireworks).
The single-shot mortars are very powerful fireworks, and their potential to cause injury is extremely high unless they are handled, positioned, and fired correctly.
It is absolutely essential that mortars are 100% stable before shooting.
‘The Firework Shop’ has mortars ranging from 3” diameter up to the large 8” diameter model, and they all have their fuses coming out of the top of their firing tube to allow partial burying in the ground/sand etc.
All mortars should be buried with approx 30-50% of their height under-ground. The earth or sand around them should then be slightly compacted by hand to ensure stability during firing.
* To protect the firework from ground dampness, the mortar should be placed in a plastic bag before burial. Check that the fuse is not covered or obstructed by the plastic bag.
* If it is not possible to bury the mortar in the ground/sand, a large bucket or deep bowl can be used instead. The container must have enough depth and be wide enough to provide stability.
* An alternative to partial burial in the ground/ sand, or bucket/bowl, is to secure the mortar to a post or stake which has been driven into the ground.. The mortar should be secured (with tape, wire etc) in at least 2 places around its diameter to ensure stability. In this instance, the mortar can stand on a piece of plastic to protect it from ground dampness.
Multi-shot fireworks are fireworks with more than one shot, but which require only one fuse to be lit (internal fuses then light the other shots to fire sequentially). Generally speaking, multi-shot fireworks – because of their shape – tend to be a little more stable than mortars, however, it is just as essential that they are secured and as stable as possible before firing.
Some multi-shot fireworks have their fuses coming out from near their base, and so cannot be partially buried. In this case, the firework can be secured to a short post or stake which has been driven into the ground. For the larger multi-shot fireworks, we recommend that 2 or more posts/stakes (place at different points around the firework) are used to ensure maximum stability and safety. Again, the firework can be tied, wired, or taped to the posts, and stand on plastic for protection from dampness. Ensure that any posts/stakes do not extend above the height of the firework.
If your firework has its fuse exiting from near the top, the ‘partial burial’ method can be used to provide stability (as per the mortars).
Do’s and Don’t’s
ALWAYS ensure that you are shooting in an area which is safe, and is free from overhead obstacles (trees, power lines etc).
ALWAYS make sure that spectators are far enough away from the ‘action’ to be safe.
ALWAYS make sure that your fireworks are safe before shooting. They must not be able to ‘topple’ or change position during firing.
ALWAYS keep unused fireworks in a box/container (with a lid) until needed. Replace the lid each time a firework is removed.
ALWAYS supervise children whilst shooting fireworks.
ALWAYS move to a safe distance after lighting a firework.
ALWAYS clear-up spent fireworks and dispose of them sensibly and responsibly.
ALWAYS wear safety glasses and ear protectors if you are shooting fireworks.
NEVER return to re-light a firework that has failed to shoot.
NEVER point or aim a firework (no matter how small) at a person or animal… or building!
NEVER leave fireworks unattended if there are children around.
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS IN BOTH WHERE AND WHEN YOU SHOOT YOUR FIREWORKS!!!
NEVER PLACE ANY PART OF YOUR BODY OVER A FIREWORK… WHETHER IT HAS BEEN FIRED OR NOT!