Fireworks can bring pure joy to just about any event and people of all ages. They have been an absolute must-have on almost every occasion and work well with all events. Whether it’s a big wedding, new year’s eve, Chinese new year, birthday parties or just about any other festive occasion, fireworks can put up a great show in no time!
This article will go over a particular type of candle that is loved worldwide, ‘Roman Candles.’ These fireworks are quite popular in the UK and other countries too.
If you’re struggling to find the best type of fireworks or are in doubt, you can surely count on these candles. This article will go over all you need to know about roman candles and how you can set them properly.
Setting fireworks appropriately and treating them the way they should be is highly essential for them to be effective and safe for all.
Regardless of how much experience you may have with fireworks, every type may be different, and therefore, a similar rule cannot always be applied. Fireworks do not possess a ‘one rule fits all’ nature, and rather they must be dealt with accordingly.
What are roman candles?
Even though these candles may look delicate, they can also be powerful and fierce. These enhancing candles are a favourite candle type, and it is packed with shots and pyrotechnic material-based balls fitted inside a cylinder-shaped tube.
To ignite the roman candle, the fuse is placed at the cardboard end, and it is lit. This enables the ball to shoot off with stars, colours and other fascinating effects. If you think that’s fun, these fireworks also tend to leave a mesmerizing whistle burning sound.
Roman fireworks are the most exciting form of fireworks display and, fortunately, come in several sizes and shapes primarily depending on the effect, filling and feature you are opting for.
These candles can sometimes be as long as a yard or as short as afoot. However, while we understand how every firework may look pretty, each one of them must be handled carefully and with extreme caution.
It is best that you not only use high-end fireworks but ensure no one is at the set-up site besides experienced professionals. The last thing you would want is to set your home on fire, so take the right measures beforehand and learn all you need to know about setting up the candles.
How to set up Roman candles
The first thing you would need to do is understand your candle type before you make all these plans to blow the place up because if you don’t, you may end up in a chaotic situation.
Safety measures to consider
- Safety gloves and goggles always come in handy and are required when and before lighting up the candles.
- Instead of getting close to the wick, it is better that you buy a long-handled lighter.
- If the wick or the firework itself is undetectable due to the area of it being nighttime and, therefore, cannot be visible, using a flashlight can help counter this problem and help you light up the candle effectively, without any concerns of hazards involved.
- Always keep track of the flight path angle to ensure you do not light the grass on fire.
- Keep alcohol away as it is inflammable and can cause a disaster.
- Do not try to take the candle apart.
- Never hold a roman candle in your hand when trying to light it up.
- Do not position your head or body over the candle to prevent fire.
- Move back by a safe distance after lighting the candles.
- Do not reuse candles that have already been used in the first place. Dispose of the remains immediately.
- Do not keep the candles close to anything flammable.
To set up your roman candles, the first step is always to ensure you keep track of the preventive measures. Once you have that done, you can set up your work of art. Place your roman candles into a sand bucket or directly into the ground with the fuse directed at a 45-60 degree angle.
The next thing to do is to ensure the space you are lighting the candles in has a clear and open space that is sufficient to light.
As part of an extended precautionary measure, we suggest keeping a fire extinguisher or a water supply during emergencies. Don’t forget to place the candles back in their packaging until it is ready to go.
Shooting roman candle
Treat the roman candles with the attention and respect it deserves. Start by reading the instructions thoroughly, and you may notice how some roman candles may be handheld while some require you to plant the candle from a distance of where you will be. Look forward to shooting these candles under a clear open sky.
Most roman candles come with a nice variety of coloured stars that are sparked by things if they land before going out.
The next step is to light the fuse and move away from the roman candle to allow it to ignite fully. If you can place the candle in your hand (and the instructions allow you to do so), extend the arm away from your body (as far as you can), making sure that both candle ends do not point to yourself from other people or animals.
Watch the roman candle as it burns and goes out. However, if you are holding the candle, place it down over concrete or any other hard, non-flammable surface when the fire nears your hand. This should put it out on its own.
Be sure to check the regulations of using roman candle fireworks in your area and avoid using fireworks near trees, power lines or any other potential areas caught on fire. Keep these few tips and tricks in mind, and you can put on a great show in no time!