Trading Standards issues advice on firework sales

Bonfire Night at Thornes Park, Wakefield.
Bonfire Night at Thornes Park, Wakefield.
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West Yorkshire Trading Standards has issued a reminder about legal firework sales in the run up to Bonfire Night.

The consumer watchdog reminded traders of their legal responsibilities as fireworks went on general sale on October 15.

They want traders to ensure they are supplying safe fireworks and are adhering to the law by only selling them to people over legal age limit.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service will be carrying out combined inspections with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. They want to ensure that fireworks are stored safely, everything is in accordance with the trader’s licence and that illegal fireworks are removed from sale.

Officers will also carry out inspections to make certain fireworks are not supplied to anyone under 18 and that retailers are complying with safety legislation.

Councillor Ros Lund, chair of the West Yorkshire Joint Services Committee which oversees the work of Trading Standards, said: “It is important that retailers have procedures in place to ensure that they do not break the law. Although fireworks can be fun, fireworks that do not meet safety requirements or are used incorrectly can cause a great deal of harm. The law is designed to ensure safe fireworks are supplied on the market place and they are age restricted in order to protect children. Anybody who is unclear about the law should contact trading standards.”

Figures show that more children than adults get hurt by fireworks.

David Lodge, head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service said: “As with any legislation it is necessary for everyone to be compliant. Trading standards can provide information to retailers regarding the safety requirements of fireworks. As with any age restricted product we provide advice on best practise to ensure businesses are doing all they can to prevent under age sales.”

The watchdog also advised people to only buy fireworks only from licensed traders.

If you are concerned about unsafe fireworks or young people being sold fireworks then please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506.