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Frequently Asked Questions

 


 

Can I fire fireworks in wet weather?

 

Yes, you can use fireworks in the rain. There are a number of ways you can do this, you can either protect the firework by placing a bag over it when it is in the ground or you can waterproof the fireworks using clingfilm. We explain our tried and tested method for doing this in our blog post, “Can you use fireworks in the rain?
 

Remember when preparing your fireworks for wet weather

Put a sticker under the fuse so you can find it in the dark.
Wrap the firework well with clear cling film.


 

How do I set up a rocket ready for firing?

 

  

Remember when setting up your rockets

Make sure the fuse cover comes off easily.
Make sure the rocket stick does not bind in the launching tube.


 

Do you have silent fireworks available?

 

Yes, we offer a range of quieter fireworks. Though sometimes referred to as “silent fireworks”, we describe these as quiet fireworks or low noise fireworks. These fireworks do still contain gunpowder, so they do have some noise, however, this is more of a light crackle rather than a loud bang. See our range of quiet fireworks.


 

Do you sell indoor fireworks? 

 

Yes, we sell a range of fireworks which can be used indoors. Our indoor firework range includes ice fountains, indoor sparklers and Mystical Fire. See our indoor firework range.


 

Can you buy fireworks in bulk?

 

We offer a range of bulk multi-buy fireworks packs available at very competitive prices. These are mainly aimed at re-sellers or for large organised displays. However, they are suitable for anyone looking for a large number of fireworks and a great saving.  See our bulk firework packs.


 

Can fireworks be shipped?

 

Fireworks can be shipped but only by specialist couriers. They cannot be sent in the conventional post as they are classified as explosives and will be rejected by the Royal Mail and the vast majority of couriers. At Jordans Fireworks, we use our own vehicles and specialist couriers to transport our fireworks to addresses throughout the mainland UK. Find out more about shipping fireworks.


  

 Who can buy fireworks?

 

 Indoor fireworks (Category 1), garden fireworks (Category 2) and display fireworks (Category 3) can be purchased by adults over 18 years of age. It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of eighteen and it is illegal for under 18s to possess fireworks in a public place. Professional fireworks (Category 4) are only available to firework professionals.


 

When can you buy fireworks?

 

You can buy fireworks all year round from specially licensed suppliers such as ourselves. You can either buy online or visit our Leamington Spa store, see our store opening hours.


 

Where can I let off fireworks?

 

You can let off fireworks on your own property or someone else's property, provided that they have given you permission to do so.  You cannot let fireworks off in the street or public places such as parks without the authorisation to do so.


 

When can I let off fireworks?

 

You can let off fireworks any day of the year but not after 11.00pm or before 7.00am with the following exceptions:

- Until 1.00am following the first day of Chinese New Year
- Until midnight on Nov. 5th
- Until 1.00am on the day following Diwali Day
- Until 1.00am on the day following Dec. 31st


 

Who do I need to inform that I am having a fireworks display?

 

It is common courtesy to inform neighbours, owners of animals, elderly residential homes etc. A note explaining the date and time of the display and an approximate duration is a good idea. A letter to the police, fire service and the coast guards/local airport (if applicable) particularly when the display is not during the main seasons is also beneficial.


 

How do you light fireworks?

 

There are a number of ways to light fireworks. We recommend using portfires as they will allow you to light fireworks quickly and safely. They burn with a small flame and are not affected by the wind or rain, lighting a firework fuse whatever the weather. We supply portfires with our larger display packs.

If not using portfires, you can also light fireworks with gas powered, windproof lighters which produce intense blue flames, chefs’ blow torches, and tapers, which burn with a gentle glow rather than a flame.

We do not recommend using cigarette lighters, other fireworks, candles or fuel soaked rags to light fireworks, as these methods are highly dangerous.


 

How do you set up fireworks?

 

To safely set up and fire fireworks, you will require the following items: 

- Ear, eye and body protection

- A torch

- A waterproof sheet or box

- Wooden stakes (2.5cm x 2.5cm x varying lengths)

- 5cm x 5 cm x 1m wooden stakes and 5cm x 5cm x 2m-3m wooden posts if using set piece or wheel fireworks

- A strong hammer to drive stakes into the ground

- Strong packing tape/string/cable ties

- A spade

- Portfires or another safe option for lighting the fireworks

Instructions for the safe setup of fireworks will be found within the box of the fireworks you are purchasing. To assist you in setting up different types of fireworks, we have created the following guide - Setting up fireworks safely

To ensure the safety of you and those around you, always use the fireworks according to the warnings and instructions on their CE labels.


 

How do I set up 'cake' style fireworks?


Our video below shows you how to set up cake style fireworks.

 

Remember when using cake style fireworks:

- Ensure that the firework cannot fall over
- Identify where the fuse is and release it 


 

Can I fire fireworks by remote control?


Yes, see our video on how to do this below.

 

Remember when using the Pulse remote firing system:

  • You must use a copper wire Cat5 cable (not included)

  • You will need an Alkaline battery (not included)


 

How should I store fireworks?

 

  • Ensure your fireworks are stored well away from flammable materials and sources of heat such as  hot water boilers or radiators

  • Ensure your storage area is dry. Fireworks which have become damp should not be used, you should never attempt to dry a firework 

  • Consider the temperature which you store fireworks at, ensuring that they are kept at a consistent temperature. Changing temperatures can cause humidity which can make your fireworks become damp so you will find a moisture trap as sold by DIY stores useful to extract moisture from the environment.


 

What do the firework categories mean?

 

There are four divisions which fireworks fall under, which relates to the type of item, level of hazard and net explosive content.

Category 1 or F1 Fireworks, are fireworks which are intended for use in confined areas, including fireworks which are intended for use inside domestic buildings (i.e. indoor fireworks).

Category 2 or F2 Fireworks, are fireworks which are intended for outdoor use (i.e. garden fireworks) and can have a minimum safety distance for operators of 8 metres, and spectators between 8 and 20 metres.

Category 3 or F3 Fireworks, are fireworks, which are intended for outdoor use in large open areas (i.e. display fireworks for open areas such as fields) and can have a minimum safety distance of 15 metres for operators and 25 metres for spectators.

Category 4 or F4 Fireworks
, are not available to members of the public and are for use by persons with specialist knowledge (i.e. professional firework companies).


  

How far should you stand away from fireworks?

 

The following distances are recommended: 

Category 2 or F2 Fireworks (garden fireworks): A minimum safety distance for operators of 8 metres, and spectators between 8 and 20 metres is recommended

Category 3 or F3 Fireworks (display fireworks): A minimum safety distance of 15 metres for operators and 25 metres for spectators is recommended

The above safety distances are recommended as a minimum. However, if you can provide more room, it is wise to do so. If you are mixing garden fireworks and display fireworks, ensure that the correct safety distances are still followed. It is wise to set up both types of fireworks 25 metres away from spectators.


 

Can I come and collect my fireworks from you?

 

Yes, we have a fireworks shop and in-store showroom in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. We are centrally located, only 2 miles from M40 J13, 14 & 15.

Our store opening hours are as follows:
 

Monday - Thursday:  9.00am - 5.30pm

Fridays: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Saturdays: 9.00am - 5.15pm

During October and early November, we are also open on Sundays 11.00am - 5.00pm. Please phone 01926 421330 to confirm which Sundays we will be open before travelling.

Find out more about collecting in store.


 

How should I dispose of used fireworks?

 

To dispose of used fireworks, they should be submerged in a bucket of water for 48 hours. This will ensure the firework is no longer explosive. Once this has been done and the firework is soaked through, it can then be disposed of in your general waste if permitted. Please check with your local council, if unsure whether or not fireworks are allowed to be disposed of in your household waste.


 

What should I do with a firework which didn’t fire correctly?

 

In the unlikely event that your firework doesn’t fire correctly, our advice is to leave the firework where it is for at least 24 hours. The fireworks should then be disposed of in the same way as a used firework by submerging it in a bucket of water for a further 48 hours. The firework can then be removed from the water and disposed of in your household waste if permitted.

If the firework was purchased from us, taking a picture of it after leaving it for 24 hours but before submerging it in water will be helpful. We can then use this picture to identify why it misfired. Pictures of misfired fireworks should be sent to sales@jordansretail.co.uk


 

Can I be sure all the fireworks I buy from you are safe? 

 

Yes, all of our fireworks carry the CE mark. This indicates that they conform to the health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area.


 

How does a rocket firework work?

 

Should you wish to learn how a rocket firework works, we have put together a comprehensive blog post on the subject. Discover how a rocket firework works.


 

How do I protect my pets from fireworks?

  • Keep dogs and cats inside when fireworks are being let off
  • Make sure your dog is walked earlier in the day before the fireworks start

  • Close all windows and doors, and block off cat flaps to stop pets escaping and to keep noise to a minimum

  • Draw the curtains, and if the animals are used to the sounds of TV or radio, switch them on (but not too loudly) in order to block out some of the noise of the fireworks

  • Small pets e.g. rabbits, hamsters, mice and birds, are the most vulnerable to fireworks

  • Take hutches/cages into a garage or shed, or, a quiet room indoors if possible

  • Give your pet extra bedding to burrow into so it feels safe

  • If you are aware that horses, ponies or cattle are housed nearby, ensure you let the owners know, in advance that you intend to set off fireworks

  • If you know your animals react badly to loud noises perhaps consider moving them for the night

 

Can you recommend firework insurance?

 

First, check whether your existing insurance either covers you for a firework display or can be extended to include one. If not, then contact Insurance Experts Ltd. on 01245 500433, please mention us when contacting them.


 

Here are some useful downloads about organising firework displays

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