Another successful Bonfire Night

Close up of pink and gold fireworks in the night sky

This year has been our best so far. We supplied our friends at Electrify with the fireworks for all their shows again – from Kent to Cheshire, from Oxfordshire to County Durham, from London to the Humber, crowds all over the country were treated to some of the best displays in the UK.

My own favourite show is always the one I fire for Electrify in my own village of Radcliffe on Trent. The local schools, sports clubs and voluntary organisations get together to organise a true community event, with a fun fair, live music, food and drink, novelties, and (of course) two firework displays. There’s a quiet one for the children and a spectacular show later on for the adults (and the children brave enough to stay on).

It’s what it’s all about for me – people gathering in the dark in the depths of autumn to celebrate the summer that’s passed and look forward to the cosy nights of winter. Never mind the wind and the rain. Wrap up warm and fill the sky with light and fire.

So thank you to all our customers, to all the people who came to watch a show, to the firers, to the clearer-uppers, to Lucy and Ian at Electrify, and to all the volunteers who made it a night to remember.

See you next year.

How to prepare a safe firework display

People looking at fireworks bursting over the trees in a night sky

This is a longer blog post than usual. But it is important. If you are planning a fireworks display please read through it and make sure everyone goes home safe and happy.

1 Look closely at the site where you are going to have your display. Where are the hazards? Are there any overhanging trees? Flammable things like fences, sheds or rubbish? Plan your layout so that you minimise the risk of any danger.

2. Where will the audience stand? Will they be safe while they are watching? Observe the safety distances on the fireworks themselves. Category 2 fireworks (typically the smaller ones) have an 8 metre safety distance, whilst the larger category 3 fireworks have a 25 metre safety distance. If your back garden isn’t large enough for a category 3 firework then don’t buy them. Category 2 fireworks are now equally as impressive and so there’s no need to put your guests at risk.

3. Plan your layout according to the size and hazard of each firework. Have the smaller ones near the front, and the larger ones to the back. In our professional displays we often lay the fireworks in the order that we are going to fire them. This means we aren’t going backwards and forwards across the site. This is a neat example of a professional layout from Zeus Fireworks

4. If you are firing rockets remember that they track into the wind. This means that on a windy night they will head into the wind and not move in the direction of the wind. This is because the wind blows the rocket’s stick which then points its head into the wind. One to consider for safety reasons but also so it doesn’t disappear behind your house meaning that your guests miss the burst.

5. Who will light the fireworks? It needs to be a responsible adult, who will not be drinking, and who will help everyone follow the Firework Code.

6.  Secure your fireworks so they don’t fall over. Multi-shot barrage cakes (often referred to as cakes because they are shaped like a large Christmas cake) fire anything between 10 and 100 shots, which means once it’s lit it won’t stop. These are great value, because you get a longer firework display and each shot is pretty much like one rocket.  However, if they aren’t secured they can bounce around or fall over, which could lead to them firing in the direction of your audience.  Many instructions tell you to bury them up to a pre-prescribed line.  This is fine, however most professional firework companies will hammer a small wooden stake into the ground and gaffer tape the cake to the stake.  The cake’s not going anywhere then!  Although make sure you don’t tape over the fuse!

7.  Don’t let the fuse get wet, in fact don’t let your firework get wet. If your firework or green visco fuse get wet (in the rain or because the ground is damp) then it’s unlikely to light or fire all the way through.  If the ground is damp, lay the fireworks on a plastic bag. If you are expecting rain put the whole firework in a swing bin liner before securing it into place.  Give the bag a shake before you light it to shake away the water then just tear the bag to expose the fuse and light it.  The firework will fire through the bag just fine and it’ll stay dry – although unfortunately if it’s raining you and your guests won’t!!! Click here for more details.

8.  If it doesn’t go off, then do not return to it– sounds obvious, however as a professional firework firing team we’ve seen many fireworks go off seconds, minutes and on occasions hours after they’ve been lit. Just leave it, don’t go anywhere near it, don’t bring it back into the house.  Retrieve it the next day, and return it another day to the store that you bought it from.  They will dispose of it securely.

9.  Think of your pets. Most pets, especially cats and dogs hate fireworks. Never take your dog to a firework display unless you know they are OK around them. It’s best to keep your pets indoors once it gets dark over the couple of weeks that fireworks are being let off. Keeping curtains closed and the TV or Radio on fairly loud often means they don’t hear the fireworks.  If that doesn’t work, and your pet is particularly traumatised then speak to your vet.  There are treatments and clothing that your pets can wear to help them cope, however always seek a professionals advice.

9. Clean up afterwards. Spent fireworks are messy and may not all have gone off. Please don’t leave them lying around. Dispose of them thoughtfully. If in doubt, talk to your Local Authority or your fireworks supplier.

10. But whatever you do, think Safety First. If it doesn’t feel safe, it probably isn’t. So don’t do it. Promise yourself that you will do whatever it takes to let you and your audience go home safe and happy. Even if you have to leave your display for another evening.

(With acknowledgement to Electrify PyrotechnicsZeus Fireworks, ROSPA and others who offer safety information on-line. Click on their name for more detailed advice)

5 tips for a perfect Bonfire Night at home

Two hands holding a lit sparker

It’s getting to that time of year again. Remember, remember the 5th of November…

Hands holding a lit sparkler on bonfire night

If you are having a bonfire party at home this year, with friends, family and neighbours, follow these five important points.

  1. Only buy fireworks from a reputable source. Not the guy down the pub. Not the car-boot sale. Not the buy-one-get-three-free rip off merchants. They will only sell you disappointment, and the fireworks may not even be safe.
  2. Prepare your display in advance and in the light. Work out all your safety distances and stick to them.
  3. Decide who is going to let the fireworks off. It needs to be a responsible adult who won’t have been drinking, and who wants everyone to be able to go home safely.
  4. Keep pets indoors, with someone who can calm them down if they get worried by your fireworks (or someone else’s)
  5. Ask someone to be the safety monitor. They have the final say on anything.
  6. Yes, we know we said 5 tips. But the last one is to check the other advice here.

50,000 Happy Faces

Professional firework display reflected in a lake

Over 50,000 people saw our fireworks this week. From the smallest family gathering to some of the biggest public displays in the UK. We provided the products for them all.

Thanks to our friends at Electrify Pyrotechnics who put on displays across the country, including the one pictured above (terrific photo by Gez Robinson). And thanks to all the customers who bought fireworks through this site.

And thanks to our suppliers, too, including Celtic, Jubilee, Kimbolton, and Profusion for the amazing and consistent quality of the products.

We still have stock available. So start planning your New Year’s Eve parties.

Start 2019 with one of our brilliant cakes. They start at £7.99 and go up to £89.99.

Free Delivery a Big Hit

Consumer fireworks brochure and price list

Our new free delivery service is a big hit. Who would have guessed?

Maybe people like the idea that they can come to this site, get clear guidance on the best fireworks available, and see that they are great value.

Maybe they like the way they can preview the fireworks and make their final choices without having to leave the house.

Maybe they like the way we deliver them direct to their home or office. For free. At a time that works for them.

If you want to find out why it’s so popular, give it a try. But hurry… the last day for on-line orders which can be delivered in time for Bonfire Night is October 31st.

Firework Safety on Bonfire Night

people watching a fireworks display

The professional firers at Peak Fireworks and Electrify always put safety first. The most important thing in any display is that everyone – the crowd, the firers, and all the helpers – can enjoy the fireworks and get home safely.

It’s great fun to have a small display in your own garden. This is how many of us got interested in fireworks in the first place. The dark, damp evening. Torches. Special food. Neighbours and family. Maybe a small bonfire. And, of course, the fireworks.

So if you are planning your own garden display, take the advice of the professionals, and plan your evening the same way as us.

First things first… look at the site where you are going to have your display. How big is it? Are there any obstacles (like trees or power lines)? Is there enough space to set out the fireworks? Is there anything that could catch fire? Can everyone be at least 8 metres away (or 25m for larger fireworks)?

Consider the neighbours, too. And keep pets indoors.

Only buy from a reputable supplier who is licenced and insured to sell them. Ask them to help you pick the right products. Peak have a great range of products that will suit any size garden. And we will only sell you products that are suitable for the space you are using.

Then follow the firework code. Remember…

  • Garden fireworks can only be bought and let off by adults.
  • Never drink alcohol if you are letting off fireworks.
  • Always read the label and follow the instructions.
  • Keep them in a closed box until you are ready to light them.
  • Light them at arm’s length using a proper taper or “portfire” then stand well back.
  • Never return to a firework – even if it hasn’t gone off.
  • Never throw fireworks or keep them in your pocket.
  • Never give a sparkler to a child under five. Once it has gone out put the sparkler into a bucket of water.

Have a great Bonfire Night. And always put safety first.