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Keeping Hampshire residents safe this Halloween and Bonfire night

Monday, 28 October 2013

As Halloween and Bonfire night fast approaches, Hampshire County Council's Trading Standards and Community Safety Services will be working to ensure residents stay safe.

Trading Standards will be doing spot checks on a cross section of the 110 Hampshire retailers who are registered to sell fireworks. This is to ensure that only fireworks that are appropriate for use by the public are being sold, and that they are being stored safely.

Issues officers have found in previous years include:

  • Live fireworks being on open display rather than in cabinets, which presents a major safety hazard. Only dummy fireworks should be on public display.
  • Over stocking
  • Delays in putting deliveries into correct storage

Many people now go to organised firework displays. For those planning fireworks parties at home, the advice is to always follow the Firework Code, particularly to follow the instructions for use on the fireworks and to ensure that spectators are a safe distance from fireworks in gardens.

Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Policy and Resources, said: "At this time of year firework sales greatly increase but by following the Firework Code and advice on the sensible way to buy and use fireworks, accidents can be prevented and everyone can have a good time in safety."

Hampshire County Council's Community Safety Service will increase its patrol activity during Halloween and Firework week.

'Accredited Community Safety Officers (ACSOs) will work in partnership with borough and district councils to help reduce the anti-social behaviour and misuse of fireworks, with joint patrols with Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service and Hampshire Constabulary colleagues.

The ACSOs can report directly to Trading Standards, any concerns that they see on the streets of Hampshire, in particular young people in possession of fireworks or if they witness any young person who appears to be underage, purchasing fireworks.

ACSOs have a power to issue a Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) under the Explosives Act 1875 Section 80 and the fine is £90.

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