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Firework retailers warned to behave

Published Friday, 28 October 2011

Enfield Council is warning traders not to sell fireworks to children or face the full force of the law.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said "There is absolutely no excuse for selling fireworks to youngsters and if we find anyone is doing so, we'll prosecute them.

"Fireworks are basically explosives and it is completely reprehensible to give them to children who could be seriously injured or killed if they let them off without proper supervision."

Trading Standards Officers are carrying out test purchases at shops registered to sell fireworks to ensure they are not selling them to children.

Any that do, will be prosecuted by the Council.

The Council is also advising residents to go to officially organised fireworks displays to ensure their safety.

If residents are intending to hold their own private displays the Council advises they:
1) Don't give sparklers to under-5s
2) Buy fireworks from a reputable source
3) Make sure one person is in charge of the display and that the instructions are read and necessary precautions are done in daylight
4) Don't drink alcohol until all the fireworks have been discharged
5) Keep a bucket of water for fires and a bucket of sand (to put used fireworks, including sparklers in)
6) Have a torch, eye protection and gloves if you are setting off fireworks and suitable launchers and supports for Catherine wheels or rockets
7) Keep animals inside throughout the night.

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