Whirlwinds at the start of the year: how to light fireworks safely

If you’re going to be popping on a Saturday during the end of the year, pay attention. There will be a lot of wind, so setting off fireworks safely can be a challenge. We ask a fireworks expert for advice, because How do you light fireworks safely in inclement weather? Frits Behn is an expert in pyrotechnics, who organizes large pyrotechnic shows and gives advice.

It’s going to be exceptionally warm this weekend: 15 degrees, according to Werplaza. Last year’s heat record is 15.1 degrees both days, so that could be completely broken. Wind can be a spoiler.

Grab the space
“With strong winds expected, I advise people to stand on the great plains. Find a place with plenty of space so that passers-by can keep their distance.” The national government advises a distance of at least eight meters for pedestrians in normal weather conditions. With strong winds it should be at least twice as large.

Don’t let it explode
Loose fireworks arrows have been banned since 2020 and the so-called complex Fireworks (many pyrotechnic pots in one, ed.) are often stationary on the ground. But fountains, for example, can blow in all directions. Properly secure fireworks before lighting them. Also keep in mind the wind direction when lighting the fireworks and pay attention to any trees in the area. You ignite fireworks with a lighter wick.

glasses for everyone
Whether it’s windy or not, always wear fireworks goggles. This applies to everyone, including the spectators. Once the fireworks fly in the air, they go out at a high speed. But once you slow down in the air, the wind can take over. And even then the fireworks can go either way. Single safety glasses Must.

Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix
Well, fireworks and alcohol don’t mix. After all, you have to keep your head up. That’s also what pyrotechnics expert Pen says: “No alcohol, that goes without saying.” We’ll mention it anyway just to be sure.

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Watch your clothes
Do not wear flammable clothing such as nylon, as a small spark can catch them. Wear clothing that won’t catch fireworks (so no hooded jacket, no baggy shoes). This also applies to viewers.

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