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Reading Fireworks Safety Tips

Reading Fireworks Safety Tips

The Reading Firework Factory – Tips and Guidance for a secure and enjoyable firework experience

Firework Safety 101:

Here at the Reading Firework Factory in partnership with The Big Show Fireworks safety is our number one priority.  We are sharing with you our tips and guidance when using fireworks for your own firework displays.

Safety is Key

Fireworks have a unique way of captivating our senses, filling the night sky with a beauty array of colours and awe-inspiring displays.  Whether you are attending a public firework display in Reading or planning your own private display it is crucial safety is prioritised.  The Reading Firework Factory have put together this essential but not exhausted guidelines, hints, and tips to follow to ensure your firework displays are memorable and safe.

Reading Firework Factory sharing their knowledge of Laws and Regulations

Before engaging in any firework activities, we advise you familiarise yourself and your families with the local rules and regulations within Reading.  Different areas can and may have specific restrictions on types of fireworks allowed.  Times and location restriction can also vary by area. Please feel free to contact The Reading Firework Factory should you require advice.

Where and who are you going to purchase your fireworks?

It is paramount you purchase your fireworks from a reputable and licenced firework distributor.  We have you covered with this, of course at the Reading Firework Factory this is what we do.  We are your firework specialist not only covering the Reading area, but countrywide.

Read and follow instructions

Here at the Reading Firework Factory, we know the excitement can get the better of us and it is so easy to think we can just light a firework and watch it shine brightly in the sky.  We must advise that you read and follow instructions.  Every single firework product comes with its own detailed instruction for safety handling and usage. Please take the time to carefully read and understand these instructions before igniting.  We advise you to pay special attention to recommended safety distances, lighting techniques, and any precautions specific to the type of firework.

Choose the right setting and area for your Firework Display

Select an appropriate outdoor area for your firework display.  Ample space, away from buildings, trees, dry vegetation, or any other potential hazards.  Open fields or clear areas provide the safest environment for fireworks, minimizing risk of accidents or fires.

Water and Safety Equipment

Reading Firework Factory recommends you always have a water source nearby, a bucket of water or a hose to be able to utilise to extinguish any fireworks that could malfunction or pose a safety concern.  A fire extinguisher and a first aid kit are essentials in any case of emergencies.

Ensure your spectators know their boundaries

Establishing a designated area for your spectators to stand is essential.  Clearly mark the area and ensure the safety boundaries are adhered to.  Children and pets must be kept under close supervision.  The firing zone should only be entered by the firing designated person or team.

Never Relight or Handle Malfunctioning Fireworks

If a firework fails to ignite or malfunctions, never attempt to relight or handle it. Wait for a reasonable amount of time, and then approach it cautiously, following the manufacturer's instructions for disposal. It's better to prioritize safety and dispose of malfunctioning fireworks properly.

Be Mindful of the Environmental and Surroundings

Respect the environment and your surroundings while enjoying fireworks. Dispose of used fireworks responsibly, avoiding littering or leaving debris behind. Be mindful of noise levels, especially in residential areas, and be considerate of neighbours and wildlife.


The Reading Firework Factory hopes by following these essential tips and guidelines, you can ensure a secure and enjoyable firework experience.  By prioritising safety, respecting your local area policies, rules and regulations and being responsible your event should be a fabulous experience.  After all this is about making memories and having fun.  Let the brilliance of fireworks illuminate the night sky.

We wish you a happy Firework experience from all at The Reading Firework Factory.

Firework Safety Checklist:

  1. Purchase from a reputable source: Only buy fireworks from licensed and authorized dealers to ensure their quality and safety standards.
  2. Read the instructions: Carefully read and follow the instructions on each firework. Understand how to safely light and use them.
  3. Choose the right location: Select a clear, open, and flat area away from buildings, trees, and flammable materials. Ensure there are no overhead obstacles like power lines.
  4. Keep water nearby: Have a bucket of water, a garden hose, or a fire extinguisher readily available in case of emergencies.
  5. Light fireworks outdoors only: Never ignite fireworks indoors or in confined spaces. Always use them in an open and well-ventilated area.
  6. Use a stable surface: Place fireworks on a stable and non-flammable surface before lighting them.
  7. Keep a safe distance: Maintain a safe distance from the ignited fireworks, as recommended on the packaging.
  8. Protective clothing: Wear safety goggles, gloves, and ear protection to safeguard yourself from potential sparks and loud noises.
  9. Adult supervision: Children should never handle fireworks. An adult should supervise the entire firework display.
  10. One at a time: Light one firework at a time and move away quickly after ignition.
  11. Never relight malfunctioning fireworks: If a firework fails to ignite or goes out, wait for at least 20 minutes, and then soak it in water before disposing of it.
  12. No direct contact: Avoid holding fireworks in your hand while lighting them. Use a taper or extended lighting device instead.
  13. No modifications: Never modify or create homemade fireworks. Only use them as intended by the manufacturer.
  14. Soak used fireworks: After they have completely burned, soak used fireworks in water before disposing of them in a metal container.
  15. Be considerate of others: Inform neighbours in advance if you plan to use fireworks, and be mindful of any pets or animals in the vicinity.
  16. Alcohol and fireworks don't mix: Avoid alcohol consumption when handling fireworks, as it impairs judgment and coordination.
  17. Follow local laws and regulations: Be aware of the fireworks regulations in your area and adhere to them strictly.
  18. Keep pets indoors: Fireworks can be distressing for pets. Keep them inside in a quiet and safe space during firework displays.

Remember, safety should always be the top priority when using fireworks. Following this checklist will help ensure that you and your loved ones can enjoy a dazzling and safe firework display.

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