As fireworks go on sale in the run up
to Bonfire Night, City Council Trading Standards Officers are doubling their efforts to
not only advice consumers to think carefully when buying fireworks, but are also visiting
all city retailers to ensure they are complying with the Firework Safety Regulations
brought into effect by the Government in October last year.
The regulations will mean that Coventry people can enjoy their Bonfire Night
celebrations knowing that all fireworks must comply with a national standard (BS7114) and
that dangerous fireworks such as Aerial shells fired from mortar tubes, bangers and
mini-rockers etc are no longer on sale.
Councillors who met at the Environment and Transport Policy Team yesterday endorsed the
new measures which seek to reduce injuries to people across the country and gave their
support to Trading Standards Officers for their pro-active work on this important issue.
Councillor John McNicholas Chair of the Policy Team said:
"Any safety regulation that could potentially save a life must be welcomed by us.
We all want Bonfire Night to be an enjoyable occasion for families across the city
whether it is an organised event or a small private get together. Our Trading Standards
officers will be working hard to ensure all retailers know what the safety issues are and
that people themselves play their part in buying suitable fireworks."