Looking to Buy Fireworks? 5 Tips for Novices
Bonfire Night is right around the corner and firework season has just begun! If you’re about to buy fireworks for the first time, the tips in this article will help you to choose the most suitable and safe products to suit your needs.
The end of summer means that the evenings are getting darker, the countdown to Christmas has begun, but most importantly, it’s firework season! Thanks to Bonfire Night being right at the beginning of November, it means that both Autumn and Winter are heavily populated with fireworks. During this period, there are plenty of fireworks for sale — and if you are planning to host your own display at home, it takes plenty of preparation to get it right.
Before you buy fireworks, it’s always a good idea to seek advice. If you’re still seeking it, look no further! The tips in this article will help you to make a more informed decision.
1. Always Buy Fireworks From a Reputable Retailer
The importance of this first tip cannot be expressed enough. Whenever you buy fireworks, it should always be from a reputable retailer and the fireworks themselves should be manufactured by a recognisable brand. There are plenty of cheap and illegal fireworks for sale out there. While they may seem like a bargain at the time, by using them, you run the risk of injuring yourself or someone else.
At Fireworks Direct, all of our products are of the highest quality and from some of the world’s top firework brands. Whenever you buy fireworks, you should purchase genuine, professionally manufactured goods. Anything less won’t have been tested properly and could cause you or others serious harm.
2. Be Cautious If It’s Your First Time Handling Fireworks
While many people have attended Bonfire Night celebrations or events featuring fireworks, there aren’t as many who will have had hands-on experience with fireworks before. If this year is the first time you’ll be buying and using your own fireworks, it’s a good idea to start with something that you’re confident you can use safely.
Although you will want to impress your guests with some incredible fireworks, they won’t expect you to choreograph a professional-quality display. If you intend for this to be your first home display of many, then there is no problem with testing the waters with some basic fireworks and moving onto bigger, more complex fireworks later on.
3. Buy Fireworks That Suit Your Surroundings
One of the most vital things to keep in mind when you buy fireworks is the area in which you’ll be lighting them — which in most cases is a garden. If you are using fireworks that fly up into the air, such as rockets, then you need to assess whether or not your chosen area is suitable to do so. Overhanging trees, cables and nearby buildings should all be considered, as they all could block the flight of a firework.
If there are a few potential obstructions that you think could be an issue, it’s vital that you either aim the projectile away from them or opt for a non-launching firework. Catherine wheels and sparklers are still effective ways to set the firework night aesthetic and the perfect option if you have children attending.
4. Be Respectful to Your Neighbours
When the time comes to buy fireworks, you should always keep your neighbours in mind. It’s the nature of fireworks to look great and create a big bang and, while this definitely adds to the excitement, it’s unfair to do this without any regard for how it might affect your neighbours. For example, if you have neighbours with a baby or elderly folk who don’t like to be disturbed, opting for quiet fireworks will prevent you from ending up on the latest TV show about neighbours from hell!
Aside from the moral aspects of being a good neighbour, you should also keep UK firework laws in mind, as well as any rules that may be in place from your local council. On Bonfire Night, you shouldn’t be letting fireworks off after midnight. On any other night, you cannot let off fireworks from 11pm-7am. Failing to stick to these rules means that you’ll be breaking the law and can expect to be punished accordingly.
5. Consider Pets When Buying Fireworks
Despite the widespread appeal of fireworks and firework-based celebrations, it’s safe to say that it’s a tradition that will never be appreciated by pets. To animals, a firework is nothing more than a flashing light and a terrifying loud bang, which is something you should respect if you’re a pet owner. With that being said, this doesn’t mean you have to cancel your firework display plans just because you own a pet. There are a few things you can do to make it bearable for your animals.
We have quiet fireworks for sale that — as you can imagine from the name — are a quieter firework that still provides an amazing visual experience. This will help you immensely when it comes to keeping your pet calm, which can often cause problems if animals leave the house and hide out of fear. We mentioned sparklers above and again in this instance, they are the ideal option if you want to embrace firework season but are worried about using fireworks at home with pets.