The sun is in the sky, football on TV and for those of us with American connections, the 4th of July is fast approaching and following months indoors, we are all in the mood for a celebration.
For those looking to celebrate with fireworks, new regulations have come into place on June 30th 2021 restricting the times of day and times fireworks can be used as well as the volume of fireworks that can be sold to the public to ensure safe use of fireworks.
Director of Prevention and Protection and Chair of the Unintentional Harm Executive Group, Ross Haggart, said:
“In the four weeks leading up to 5 November 2018, fire appliances across Scotland were mobilised almost 400 times a week.
“Our firefighters and fire appliances are being mobilised to hundreds of completely avoidable incidents every year during the Bonfire Night period.
“A small minority of individuals are potentially putting themselves, our firefighters and innocent bystanders at risk of serious harm and injury.
“These incidents are a needless drain on our resources when we need to focus on responding to real emergencies – where lives might very well be at risk.
“We would encourage people to leave fireworks to the professionals and attend an organised display in their area. Details of organised displays across Scotland can be found on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s website at https://www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/fireworks-safety.aspx”
The times of day that fireworks can be used by the public is restricted to between 6pm – 11pm, with a number of exempt dates set out in the regulations such as Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali, when they can be used later in the evening.
“The times of day fireworks can be supplied to the public is restricted to during the daytime hours of 7am and 6pm, alongside existing requirements on retailers around sale and storage licences.
The quantity of fireworks that can be supplied to the public is limited to 5kg at any one time.
The Scottish Governments Harm and Injury Hub also offer a range of guidance on staying safe outdoors this summer which can be found at: https://harmandinjuryhub.scot/assets/documents/Outdoor_safety_Summer_2021.pdf
Additional government guidance about fireworks can be found at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/the-fireworks-scotland-miscellaneous-amendments-regulations-2021—information-on-the-use-of-fireworks/