With Halloween and Bonfire Night around the corner, the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has issued Assured Advice Guides to support retailers with ‘Preventing Underage Sales’ and ‘Selling Fireworks’.

The guides, developed by ACS and Bucks/Surrey County Council, detail the laws and guidelines regarding the sale of some of the products which may be in high demand over the next few weeks and months.

As fireworks are popular in the lead up to events like Bonfire Night (5 November), the guide provides extensive information about this highly regulated product in terms how to comply with the law when you are storing, displaying and selling them.

ACS also recommended retailers listen to requests by local police or other community representatives constructively on Halloween sales and accommodate them where possible.

Although there is no legal prohibition on sales of eggs, flour or toilet paper to an underage person, there are times in the year such as around Halloween (31 October) when concerned officials or persons may ask to limit their sale to under 18s to prevent anti-social behaviour, it noted.