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Fireworks go on Sale Next Week, Retailers Reminded to Adhere to Laws

Police, Fire Department and OFT Spread Firework Safety Message in Build up to Bonfire Night

It’s that time of the year again when fireworks make a reappearance in shops across the Island. 

The key message to young people and parents is to be safe not sorry, and always follow the code. 

The law still states that nobody under the age of 18 can legally purchase fireworks, and yet over half of those suffering from firework related injuries each year across the UK are under age. 

The Island’s Fire and Police services and the Office of Fair Trading are working together to ensure retailers are adhering to the guidelines they have been set.

Checks prior to the deliveries next week will be carried out to ensure the suppliers have adequate storage facilities and functioning fire extinguishers.

The second checks will take place once the fireworks are in the shops. 

Chief Inspector of Trading Standards John Peet said any retailers caught selling illegally could face a hefty fine of upto £5000 and the possibility of a jail term. 

Fireworks will be available for sale from 29th October to the 7th November.

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