WEST Lancashire residents are being urged to be sensible in the build up to Bonfire Night and only buy fireworks that are “suitable for garden use.”
Lancashire Fire and Rescue say they “fear that many people will try and hold a DIY display in their garden” as many events are cancelled due to coronavirus.
They have therefore issued safety advice and one of the key points is to make sure fireworks are suitable for the size of the garden.
A spokesperson said: “We understand that people will be looking for alternative ways to celebrate this year and will likely host bonfire celebrations at their homes however we are urging people to please stay safe. Whilst most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, in the wrong hands they can cause real misery.
“Remember that fireworks are explosives, and as such should be treated with respect and only used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. We are currently amidst a global pandemic and we are asking people not to take risks, putting additional pressures on our emergency services. Injuries can be prevented by following the firework code.
“Category 2 and 3 are only for sale to the public for outdoor use. They can be purchased from reputable retailers (who will have a licence for trade) but must carry the CE mark which is the safety standard that all fireworks should meet. Fireworks cannot be sold to under 18s and there are strict laws and fines in place both for the retailer and those in possession of fireworks.
“It is also important to ensure they are stored safely between now and Bonfire Night on the 5 November which means out of reach of children and young people, secure, where they cannot get damp and also away from other sources of ignition and combustibles.”