Test firework purchases to be carried out by Trading Standards in run up to Bonfire Night (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Test firework purchases to be carried out by Trading Standards in run up to Bonfire Night
4:33pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
UNDERAGE volunteers will be working with Cumbria Trading Standards around the county to carry out test firework purchases in the run up to Bonfire Night.
Statistics show that more than half of those suffering fireworks-related injuries in the UK each year are under the age of 18. So Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and Trading Standards is calling for extra vigilance from retailers when it comes to the sale and use of fireworks among this age group.
“Fireworks are explosives which burn at extremely high temperatures and can cause serious or even fatal injuries,” said Ian Cartwright, Cumbria’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer.
“Of course we don’t want to spoil anybody’s fun; we’re just asking people to think about the potential dangers with fireworks and bonfires and take the appropriate steps to keep themselves and their friends and family safe.”
Angela Jones, Cumbria County Council’s Trading Standards Service Manager, said: “I’d urge anybody buying fireworks to only purchase them from a reputable retailer to avoid being sold illegal or counterfeit goods which do not meet safety standards and could cause serious injury.
“Retailers need to be aware that they have a responsibility to ensure the fireworks they sell meet the required safety standards and are not sold to under-18s."
Meanwhile Cumbria Police will be laying on extra high-visibility patrols to clamp down on anti-social behaviour.
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