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[27 OCT 98] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Firework Regulations Fully In Force

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."

Notes

  1. The regulations mentioned were introduces by the Government in October 1997. Some meant an immediate ban and other fireworks were given a transitionary period to be phased out of circulation. The regulations are now fully in force in relation to all the requirements.
  2. Following the introduction of the Regulations there was a dramatic decrease in the numbers of fireworks injuries requiring hospital treatment.
  3. City Council Environmental Health Officers are also involved in controlling the organisation of firework displays to ensure there is minimal risk to members of the public who may attend.

Further information:
Manjit Dhaliwal, Principal Trading Standards Officer on 01203 831864

   

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