Tips to ensure you stay safe this bonfire night

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Trading standards officers are warning shoppers to only buy fireworks that meet product safety standards this bonfire night.

North Lanarkshire Council’s Trading Standards Service is alerting the public on safety information that should be marked on fireworks packaging.

Officers advise that fireworks without these standards clearly stated could be dangerous and lead to injury.

Fireworks should be clearly labelled to show that they comply with European product safety standards or UK safety standards.

They should also be marked with information including the name of the manufacturer or importer, the name, type and category of firework and instructions for use.

Always read the instructions carefully and make sure that the fireworks you buy are suitable for home use by consumers.

In advance of November 5, the council’s Trading Standards Service will be carrying out test purchasing exercises to check that fireworks are not being sold to anyone under 18, and that traders who are licensed to store and sell fireworks do so safely.

Community groups who want to organise a bonfire must obtain approval from the council and follow guidelines.

For further details and an application form call 01698 504067. To report an unofficial bonfire, call 01698 403110.

For info about the fireworks code go to www.saferfireworks.com/firework_code