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Firework Safety – Barrages & Cakes: A Step-by-Step Guide

Firework displays are a thrilling and memorable part of celebrations, but it’s important to prioritize safety when setting up any fireworks. In this guide, we will walk you through the necessary steps to ensure a safe and enjoyable fireworks experience using firework cakes or firework barrages.

Step 1: Secure the Fireworks
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Begin by placing the firework on a flat surface, ensuring it is stable. Secure it to a stake or post using strong tape or electric ties. The stake should be inserted into the ground, facing the crowd side of the cake/barrage. This helps prevent any accidental tipping or movement during ignition.

Step 2: Identify the Fuse
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Locate the first fuse, which is usually indicated by the words “FUSE” or “FIRST FUSE UNDER THIS COVER” or by the number 1. Note that some fireworks may have two fuses. Carefully remove the orange fuse cover and, if necessary, pull the fuse through the clear plastic on top of the cake for easier access.

Step 3: Ignition
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Ensure that no part of your body is over the firework. Stand sideways, at arm’s length, and use a Portfire or to light the outermost end of the fuse. Immediately retire to the distance stated on the firework label. It is crucial to maintain a safe distance to protect yourself and others.

Step 4: Second/Reserve Fuse Instructions
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If the firework has a second fuse, and the first one fails to ignite, follow the instructions printed on the label. Do not return to the firework immediately. Leave it undisturbed for at least 15 minutes in case of delayed ignition. Locate the reserve/second fuse, signified by the words “RESERVE FUSE UNDER THIS COVER” or by the number 2. Remove the orange fuse cover and, if necessary, pull the fuse through the clear plastic for easier access.

Compound Fireworks

Compound fireworks are larger cakes or barrages made by linking multiple smaller ones during the manufacturing process. Be aware that there may be a delay between each firework section. Carefully read and follow the instructions on the fireworks themselves. Additional information can also be found in the cakes and barrage section on the packaging or accompanying materials.

Enjoying fireworks safely is of utmost importance. By following these step-by-step instructions, you can confidently set up a firework barrage or cake, ensuring an unforgettable experience for yourself and others while prioritizing safety. Remember to always adhere to local laws and regulations regarding fireworks and take necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you. Have a fantastic celebration!