Understanding Firework Categories
Many people see categories F1,F2,F3 and F4 assigned to the fireworks in their basket, this relates to the testing of the fireworks through type, purpose and level of hazard. The categories are simple defined as:
Category F1 – Indoor Fireworks – presenting a very low hazard and intended for use in confined areas like inside domestic buildings.
Category F2 – Garden Fireworks – present a low hazard and are intended for outdoor use in areas such as small gardens.
Category F3 – Display Fireworks – present a medium hazard, which are intended for outdoor use in large open areas such as fields.
Category F4 – Professional Fireworks – have a high hazard, which are intended for use only by persons with specialist knowledge/professional company for use within professional displays.
These categories are often confused with the hazard type category used with regards to transportation and storage of fireworks, normally identified by a hazard diamond on the outer box or outside of a vehicle. The hazard types are defined as:
Hazard Type 1 (HT1 or 1.1g fireworks) – can present as a very high hazard with potential of mass explosion.
Hazard Type 2 (HT2 or 1.2g fireworks) – present a serious projectile hazard but does not have a mass explosive hazard.
Hazard Type 3 (HT3 or 1.3g fireworks) – Has a fire hazard and minor blast and projectile hazard but does not have a mass explosion hazard.
Hazard Type 4 (HT4 or 1.4g fireworks) – presents a low fire hazard and with no significant blast or projectile hazard.
Other categories used rarely are hazard types 5 and 6.
Why The Confusion ?
Many people confuse categories with hazard type and believe the higher category the better the firework. This is not true, the most commonly use classifications the members of the public can buy are categories F1,F2 and F3.
They will find these fireworks fall into either HT3 or HT4 with HT3 being the higher classification and in general offering the bigger bursts and effects within the fireworks, but this is not always the case with many 1.4g fireworks offering stunning effects and value.
Most of the fireworks you can buy online at Dynamic Fireworks are 1.4g, whether these are barrages and cakes, fountains and mines or rockets but we have produced a special section for our 1.3g fireworks.