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How to make your fireworks event go with a bang - a checklist of things to do

06 October 2021

Remember, remember the fifth of November! Organising a public fireworks display is no mean feat and takes careful planning. Our handy guide will help ensure your event is a success.

A fireworks event is a great way to bring a community together and can be the ideal means to raise funds for local good causes. However, a poorly organised event will bring more harm than good. Our easy to follow checklist will help you organise a family friendly event everyone can enjoy.

Choose a suitable site

Your site should be large enough for the fireworks display and bonfire if you are having one. Ensure there is sufficient space for the fireworks to land at a distance from the crowds. An area 50m x 20m is recommended for the firing area with a further 100m x 50m area down wind of this, to act as a dropping zone for spent fireworks. The site should have as many entrances and exits as possible.  Check also that there are no overhead power lines or other obstructions.

Bonfires

Ask yourself whether your event needs a bonfire – they represent a potential hazard that will require nominated people to be in attendance. If you do opt to have a bonfire, ensure that it is checked prior to lighting for any animals that may have taken shelter in it. Ensure the responsible adult is wearing safety clothing (low flammable) and that they and any helpers know the correct procedure to follow in the event of accidents.

Arranging staff

For every 250 spectators, you are required to have one steward, in addition to qualified first aiders. St John Ambulance will advise on the numbers needed for the expected crowd capacity. Volunteers will also be needed to man the entrance and exit points and to run any stalls you have. And of course, you will need to clear, clean and tidy the site after the event. If the venue is large, consider walkie-talkies between staff to help communication.

On site facilities

To provide the best possible experience for spectators, getting the basics down is paramount. At a festival, Liam Gallagher (ex-Oasis) once hit the nail on the head when he raised concerns about long queues for the toilets. Choosing portable toilet hire for events is a no-brainer and our comprehensive range includes everything you and your visitors need. Our comprehensive portable toilet hire packages include all required toiletries and eco-friendly consumables, plus delivery and set-up at times to suit you, and all waste removal with ethical disposal.

Features of plastic portable toilets

Our entire range focusses on the needs of the user, featuring double toilet roll holders, soap dispensers, hand towels and mirrors. Where possible, foot-operated fresh water hand basins, and foot-operated flushing is included. The units do not require mains power and are fully self-contained with occupancy signage for safety; they are fully steam cleaned and sanitised prior to delivery for added peace of mind. In addition to our standard plastic portable toilet units, Fortis Hire also supplies plastic disabled toilets, vital for accommodating wheelchair and pushchair users,to make your event fully accessible.

The government website offers up to date advice for organisers of public fireworks events which can be found here and which includes lots of helpful links.

If you would like further information about any aspect of portable toilet hire, or a current price list, we are here to help.

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