Trading Standards urging public to stay legal, stay safe when buying fireworks
YOU'LL be noticing that shops have started to sell fireworks as the run-up to Bonfire Night is upon us.
Fireworks form a part of these celebrations and provide much entertainment for many.
However, they can be highly dangerous so it is important they are sold in the correct manner.
Fireworks can only be purchased legally from a licensed or registered retailer who must meet strict requirements regarding storage. Notts County Council's Trading Standards officers will be inspecting registered premises over the next few weeks.
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We will be looking to ensure license holders are storing their fireworks appropriately and have taken all measures to prevent a fire or explosion.
Registered premises can only sell fireworks from October 15 to November 10, from December 26 to 31, three days before and on Diwali itself, and three days before and on the first day of Chinese New Year.
Only a few premises are able to sell all year round.
Some fireworks are also banned from sale to the public, including aerial shells, bangers, mini rockets and jumping jacks.
All licensed or registered retailers must operate from fixed premises, so any fireworks being sold from market stalls or car boot sales are illegal.
There are also age restrictions on the sale of fireworks. They can only be purchased by people aged 18 and over and traders who breach this can be prosecuted and fined £5,000.
Likewise, caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throwdowns cannot be sold to anyone under 16.
Although we are carrying out inspections, we are also urging people to keep an eye out and let us know if they witness any traders who breach firework laws.
We will clamp down on those found to be selling fireworks inappropriately.
If you are aware of anyone breaching the fireworks requirements call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.
In next weekend's Post, read about the outcome of the fireworks inspections.