TRADERS in Staffordshire are being reminded about the need for the safe storage and sale of fireworks ahead of bonfire night celebrations.
Staffordshire County Council’s Trading standards service is working with businesses across the county to ensure items are being stored safely and only being sold to people over 18.
Any company selling fireworks needs a licence and anyone buying fireworks should only do so from registered premises. It is against the law for fireworks to be sold at a car boot sale, from a vehicle or from a private house.
People are also being reminded not to buy such items through social media network sites and to take extra care when storing them and using them at home, following the instructions carefully. If people are putting on their own display in their garden, they should also follow all the official Covid-19 advice for their area.
Victoria Wilson, cabinet member with responsibility for Trading Standards at Staffordshire County Council said:
“This is always a busy time of year for our trading standards service. Not only are officers advising businesses on their duties over the safe selling of fireworks but this year they are also dealing with extra restrictions in place because of Coronavirus.
“While the vast majority of traders do follow the law, we do need to know about those who are selling fireworks unlawfully, putting people’s safety at risk. Fireworks are extremely dangerous and I would encourage anyone with information about unauthorised sellers to get in touch with the team.
“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time over the bonfire and firework celebrations, so it’s really important that we use the fireworks responsibly and obviously follow all the guidance to help contain Coronavirus.”
Only specialist traders are licensed to sell fireworks all year round. The vast majority of shops can only sell fireworks from October 15 until November 10 and then again from December 26 until December 31.
Anyone who has concerns about the sale of fireworks should contact the confidential helpline on 01785 330356.