STAFFORDSHIRE Businesses are being reminded about the need for the safe storage and sale of fireworks.
Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards officers will be visiting premises across the county in the run-up to bonfire night celebrations to ensure fireworks are being stored safely and only being sold to people over 18.
Any company selling them needs a licence and anyone buying fireworks should only do so from registered premises. People should also avoid buying such items through social media network sites.
It is against the law for fireworks to be sold at a car boot sale, from a vehicle or from a private house.
Gill Heath, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Trading Standards at Staffordshire County Council said: “This is a particularly busy time of year for our trading standards team who have been visiting premises to ensure that items are being stored safely and sold responsibly.
“While the vast majority of traders do follow the law, we do need to know about unregistered traders and 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.”
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 their sale should contact Trading Standards Confidential: 01785 330356
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