Using Fireworks Safely & Responsibly

fireworks_redgreenSamantha Hancock (Police, Crime Prevention Unit Manager, Nottinghamshire) writes: Fireworks safety

Fireworks are great fun but it is important to remember that they can also cause distress and injuries if not handled properly.

If you are using fireworks at home simply follow our guidelines to ensure you have a safe but fun bonfire night.

Remember Remember …
• Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer.
• You should never throw or set off a firework in the street, onto a road or in a public place.
• You’re not allowed to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am except on Bonfire night whereby the curfew is midnight to 7am.
• Anyone caught causing a nuisance with fireworks will receive an instant fine of £80 and any fireworks found on a person under18 will be confiscated.
• Never use any kind of accelerant i.e. petrol to start a bonfire.
• Always inform your neighbours if you are using fireworks and be considerate.
• Ensure your fireworks comply with British Standard 7114 or the European equivalents.
• Remember, if you break the law on fireworks you could be sent to prison for up to six months or your parents or carers could receive a fine.

Report unauthorised sellers
Fireworks should not be sold door to door, from vehicles, market stalls or car boot sales so any activity of this nature is of immediate concern.

You can help to ensure your safety and that only reporting any suspicious firework dealing for officers to investigate to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506.

If you are planning to have fireworks at home, please do so safely. Remember the Fireworks Code. http://www.saferfireworks.com/firework_code/index.htm

You can report issues relating to fireworks to the non-emergency number 101.

Source: Broxtowe Community email.

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