So, where should you secure it?
Nail the Catherine wheel to the post. You’ll need to position it high enough to give a good view, and ensure it’s not too close to the ground, but also make sure you can easily light the fuse from standing on the ground.
You’ll want the fuse accessible from the ground, so you won’t struggle to light it - never use a ladder to light a Catherine wheel and you’ll need to be able to quickly retreat in a matter of seconds.
When attaching the wheel to the stake you’ll use a nail – normally supplied with the wheel and often sellotaped to the packaging or near the fuse – which you need to bang through the centre hole. You need to bang it far enough in that the wheel is secure from falling off, but not enough to impede the spin.
Once you’ve put the nail in, give the wheel a test spin with your hand to make sure it is moving freely, and do this again before lighting it if you’re setting up in advance.
The weather is never guaranteed in the UK, so if you're setting up your display in advance, or are dealing with damp or rain, a Catherine Wheel is easy to waterproof. Simply place a plastic bag over it, until you're ready to ignite.