Local authorities in combined effort on firework advice

Birmingham City Council’s Trading Standards will work with West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Police to help reduce underage sales of fireworks and anti-social behaviour in the run up to Bonfire Night (November 5).

In order to check traders are not selling to youngsters under the legal age (18-years-old) the city council will carry out enforcement exercises where young volunteers go into shops to try to purchase fireworks.

By carrying out these exercises involving traders, the city council can identify unscrupulous traders who are breaking the law by selling to those under the age of 18-years-old.

The city council is urging people:
•    Not to buy fireworks from dubious places such as temporary unlicensed market stalls.

•    Only to buy fireworks marked BS7114 CE Mark – this shows they meet British or European Safety Standards.

•    To follow instructions on fireworks to the letter

•    To keep pets in doors

Sajeela Naseer, Head of Birmingham Trading Standards, said: “After last year’s successful working partnership between Birmingham Trading Standards, West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Police we wish to continue this success by working alongside other organisations.  This combined working relationship reinforces the key messages regarding firework sales, the misuse of fireworks and criminal or anti-social behaviour linked to fireworks in the run up to Bonfire Night.”

Dave Bromley, Head of the Explosives Working Group for West Midlands Fire Service, added: “As well as working to ensure that fireworks are not sold to anyone under the age of 18, traders should also know that there are legal limits to the type, size, weight and quantities that can be stored. Fire Safety Officers will be making sure these limits are strictly adhered to.”

The safest place to enjoy fireworks is at an organised public display, such as Pype Hayes Park organised by Birmingham City Council.

For further information contact Birmingham Trading Standards on 0845 4040 506 or
West Midlands Fire Services www.wmfs.net Tel: 0845 5000 900 or if you believe a crime has been committed involving fireworks contact West Midlands Police Tel: 101 or www.westmidlands.police.uk

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