Going With a Bang: Managing an Organised Fireworks Display
As the summer evenings start to draw in and the night temperatures start to drop, there is some respite from the approaching winter in just how magical it can feel. The end of October and early November has both Halloween and Bonfire Night. All over the country, people will have firework displays during that week. You may be managing an organised firework display for the very first time; if so, here are some tips to get you started.
Basic Organisation Tips
Assemble a team to help you put the display together; there will surprisingly be a lot to do in the build up to the big night. Somebody will need to be responsible for safety and this will require meticulous attention to detail, covering all angles. If you don’t have the time to dedicate yourself to the safety requirements and considerations, then delegate it to somebody else, leaving you to oversee other issues that will need your attention: managing an organised firework display is a lot of work, so share the load.
Choosing the Right Site
When managing an organised firework display, the first thing you should consider is where to hold it. There are several issues to consider when simply choosing a site – accessibility is the major one. You need a place with easy access and that can cope with the level of traffic to and from the site. Proximity to housing for noise pollution and safety should be a consideration; licensing, lighting, weather and what might happen if it turns extreme very quickly are all aspects to think about. Choosing the right place to hold it is largely about the safety of the site and maximising peoples’ enjoyment.
If you decide to take charge of the safety element of managing an organised firework display, then make yourself familiar with the legal requirements. You are responsible for everybody’s safety (attendees and employees) and the consequences of any accidents, so public liability insurance is a must. You will need to let the emergency services know where your event is, how many people may be in attendance and the possible risks. It may be a good idea to have St. John’s Ambulance on site or other First Aid organisation. You will need a fenced off area that nobody except site staff may enter, and a drop zone for their safety.
Few firework displays have nothing else beside the fireworks and when managing an organised firework display, remember people are there to have fun. If you charge people for entry to your event, they do not want to be standing around in the cold for hours waiting for display to start. Have fairground rides and games, maybe a carousel and coconut shy, the sort of thing you might see at a typical travelling fairground. Firework displays are also about food and drink – have stalls selling toffee apples and candyfloss, hot chocolate, tea and coffee, and burgers and hotdogs. Get people in the mood and they will have a great time.