ACS sends reminder to retailers on selling fireworks safety

The new fireworks campaign aims to protect both people and animals from harm

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is reminding convenience retailers to ensure that they are aware of the rules and guidelines that apply to the sale and storage of fireworks.

Retailers must apply for permission to store fireworks from their local trading standards service or fire authority. If permission to store fireworks is granted, then fireworks can be sold within the following dates:

. Between 15th October and 10th November
. Diwali (14th November) and three days prior
. Between 26th and 31st December
. First day of Chinese New Year (12th February 2021) and three days prior

ACS has produced Assured Advice Guides to support retailers with ‘Preventing Underage Sales’ and ‘Selling Fireworks’, detailing 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.

Adult fireworks should not be sold to anyone under the age of 18, with retailers being recommended to adopt the ‘Challenge 25’ policy.

This includes all fireworks, except party poppers, throwdowns, caps and novelty matches. ACS recommends that retailers adopt the ‘Challenge 25’ policy when selling fireworks.

New and existing staff must be properly trained and regularly updated on how to sell fireworks. Further guidance on how to put in place effective policy on preventing underage sales is available as part of the ACS Assured Advice on Preventing Underage Sales.

Although there is no legal prohibition on sales of eggs, flour or toilet paper to an underage person, Halloween (31st October) tends to see a spike in sales in these products.

Local police or other community representatives may ask retailers to limit their sale to under 18s to prevent anti-social behaviour.

The Assured Advice Guides are available here.