Sound advice for firework safety

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Pubs, clubs and businesses across Stafford Borough are being asked to contact the Council if they are holding firework displays.

With bonfire night just around the corner, the borough council wants to make sure people visiting displays are kept safe.

Last month the authority took part in a number of workshops for businesses to learn more about their responsibilities if they are organising firework events for residents and customers.

Now the Council is encouraging any local business to get in touch for advice on carrying out risk assessments, as well as other safety issues, if they are holding a bonfire event.

There are around 1000 firework related injuries a year across the country.

People can contact ehtechsupport@staffordbc.gov.uk or on 01785 619000. Lots of advice on the safe use of fireworks can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/fireworks

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said:

“Health and wellbeing is one of the Council’s top priorities. We want everyone to enjoy bonfire night – but we also want those in our communities to be safe.

“If any pubs, businesses, or other organisations are holding such an event then I would urge them to get in touch with us immediately.”