With the festive season underway, Trading Standards in Derby are reminding residents of the dangers posed by unsafe fireworks and sparklers by urging them to be vigilant against illegal sales.
Fireworks must now have a CE mark and should have clear instructions and warnings in English.
Only shops with the correct license can sell fireworks. It is illegal to sell them from mobile stalls, such as market stalls or from the back of a van and they should not be sold through social media.
Fireworks should be stored out of the reach of children and animals in damp free areas away from flammable materials, including petrol, oil or paint.
Trading Standards will be visiting premises selling fireworks in Derby to make sure their products are correctly stored, that their stock meets safety standards and that sellers are aware that they must not sell fireworks to under 18s.
Trading Standards Team Leader Fakir Osman said:
“We will be inspecting premises to make sure that fireworks are being stored safely and legally. Fireworks are a form of explosive and pose a significant risk if stored or used incorrectly.
People should avoid unregulated sellers like those at car boot sales and on social media websites, always buy your fireworks from licenced sellers.”
Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, Councillor Asaf Afzal said:
“Fireworks are one of the most dangerous products that shops sell, which is why it is so important that our Trading Standards team go to great efforts to keep the public safe by inspecting businesses and checking they are legally and safely storing and selling fireworks.”
Tips for a safer bonfire night –
- Follow the ‘Firework Code’
- Only purchase fireworks from licenced shops
- Check that fireworks have a CE mark and instructions in English
- Keep fireworks away from children and pets and make sure they are stored away from damp and flammable materials
To report a shop or dealer selling fireworks illegally or to under 18s, residents should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.