Potters Bar traders sign up to firework safety scheme

TWO traders in Potters Bar have pledged to store and sell fireworks responsibly in the run up to Bonfire Night.

Bosses at Smokers Paradise and Potters Bar Cards & Wine in Darkes Lane have signed up to Hertfordshire Trading Standards’ ‘Good Guy’ scheme.

Under this initiative, workers at both shops will ask customers who appear to be under 18 for ID and maintain a register of refused sales.

They will also display the firework safety code on the premises and follow guidance on how to store fireworks safely.

Trading Standards, which is run by the county council, has also confirmed that it will be monitoring all shops which sell fireworks between now and November 5.

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Cllr Keith Emsall, executive member for community safety, said: “We want to make sure that everyone enjoys fireworks this year, and the best way to ensure that is if they are used safely.

“Traders can play a big part in achieving that by storing and selling them responsibly.”

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Inspector Richard Beechey said: “The fortnight around Halloween and Bonfire Night is the busiest in terms of the number of incidents police are called to deal with.

“We welcome the county council’s Good Guy trading scheme which helps keep fireworks in the safest hands, reducing the risk of them being used in an anti-social or dangerous way.”

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