Creating unforgettable guest experiences is at the core of every hospitality business. With the rise in social media, businesses are looking to become fresher, newer and more exciting to attract both new and regular customers. And one way that hospitality businesses are doing this is through the use of sparklers – for example, in cocktails, cakes, and for entertainment.
The media has cast scrutiny over the additional risks from using sparklers in venues in recent months, including reporting on two venues that recently suffered substantial fires and were forced to close to repair the damages caused (costing them for both the lost business and the repairs). So, make sure you’re using sparklers safely and responsibly and avoid damage to your business with this quick update from our Health & Safety experts.
The issue arises where venues decide to use sparklers without considering the potential consequences. Sparklers can cause devastating effects. Traditional sparklers are fireworks that can burn up to temperatures of over 1,000 degrees Celsius. The heat generated from this alone can cause severe burns, not to mention the risk of fire.
Most hospitality venues are full of sources of fuel (combustibles). Looking round a simple restaurant, for example, you could find napkins, decorations, paper and other fuel sources that could very easily go up in flames unless extreme caution is taken. These venues are often very busy, with customers potentially being under the influence of alcohol – therefore less likely to act in desirable ways should an accident strike.
Hospitality venue owners, managers and people responsible for Health & Safety within the business have to ensure that their workplace has robust assessments and procedures for the safe storage, use and disposal of sparklers and other incendiary devices. Additionally, they must make sure there are robust emergency procedures in place for when things go wrong.
Other businesses such as events companies and activity centres should also consider their control measures when sparklers are used, both indoors and outdoors.
Note: You could consider the use of “ice fountains” instead of the use of traditional wire sparklers. Unlike traditional sparklers, ice fountains present lower risks of burns and heat-related damages due to the construction of their wrapping. Most ice fountains burn no hotter than a standard candle making them a safer alternative (noting that they are still fireworks).
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