When you fire a fireworks display for the first time, don’t be afraid: if you take all the appropriate safety measures, the chances of seeing a problem arise are very low. And if they do occur, the risk of injury is even lower. Injuries almost always involve people who are not concerned about the safety of fireworks.
So when you’re out of your professional sphere, apply the same safety-conscious mindset as when you’re at work and make sure everything goes safely. Once the fireworks have been fired, you will be able to return to a healthy job unless you have applied the safety measures described above.
Safety rules when using fireworks
-Only buy fireworks with instructions in your language and read them beforehand. Pay attention to the presence of the CE marking.
-At home, keep fireworks in a dry, locked place out of the reach of children.
-Choose your launch area carefully, preferably on a solid, stable and flat ground, located at a sufficient distance from buildings, parked vehicles and other obstacles – preferably on an open area.
-Wear the proper PPE when lighting the fireworks, including safety glasses, safety gloves, a fireproof jacket, headgear and hearing protection.
-Make sure that the spectators stand at a sufficient distance from the launch area and demand that they respect it. Besides, the fireworks are much more beautiful and better visible when you are 20 or 30 meters away.
-Do not let animals near the fireworks, they may be frightened by detonations. So take your precautions.
-Do not drink alcohol before/during ignition. Make sure that the pyrotechnician on duty is a sober BOB or do not blow the corks until after having fired the fireworks.
-Always have a fire extinguisher or water handy.
-Always take wind direction into account. Position yourself to the wind, so that the projections move away from you. Think also of the spectators.
-Light the fireworks with a remote control ignitor or a long wick. Do not use an open flame (match or gas lighter). With an open flame, the wick burns faster and the fireworks explode sooner.
-When lighting the wick, operate from a distance, with your arm stretched out, and do not lean your body over the fireworks.
-Throw lit firecrackers towards a safe place and never towards spectators, animals or objects that could be damaged. Unroll the firecrackers in a dry and safe place and move away from the ignition.
-Stabilize fire pots, batteries, fountains and other floor products by using heavy stones or breeze blocks so that they cannot slip or fall.
-Slide the rocket into a tube firmly plugged into the ground. The tube must be at least as long as the rocket stem. Glass bottles are not suitable for firing fireworks.
-Turn on each device separately.
-When a device has lasted a long time or has not burned out completely, you cannot turn it on again. Wait at least 30 minutes, then throw a bucket of water in it.
-A device that has failed for a long time can never be left on the public road.
-To prevent children from touching them, dispose of residual waste after seeing it wet first.
-Most fireworks accidents occur around January 1st each year. Never imagine that this can’t happen to you.
-If something goes wrong, call the emergency services.
-In case of burns, rinse them thoroughly with running water until the emergency services have arrived on site and take over to treat them.