New ‘firework control zone’ laws come into force

Local authorities have new powers to reduce the negative impact of fireworks.   From today (Thursday June 22), councils can designate Firework Control Zones that would make it a criminal offence to ignite a firework, or knowingly throw a lit firework in a zone which can include private properties or gardens. The maximum penalties are...

Remember, remember… the impact of fireworks   

While fireworks can be great fun, they can be dangerous if not used properly. During the bonfire season, most firework injuries treated at emergency departments happen at informal private displays. Over half of those requiring treatment are children. Rockets are responsible for the majority of serious eye and hand injuries, however sparklers, fountains and firecrackers...

Multi-agency firework safety group launches new campaign

Scotland’s leading authorities have launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the devastating impact that fireworks can have on people and animals.   The group, which includes the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Scotland, the Scottish SPCA and many more have joined forces for the third year running to...

Fearless/CrimeStoppers launch fireworks misuse campaign

Appeal to young people to anonymously speak up as charity Fearless.org helps stop fireworks misuse Fearless.org – the youth programme of independent charity Crimestoppers – has today launched its annual fireworks misuse campaign at Scotland’s biggest school – Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow. Alongside Police and Scottish Fire Rescue Service, the youth charity welcomed Minister...

Multiple agency campaign asks people to consider #FireworkSafety

Scotland’s leading authorities are issuing a stark reminder of the devastating impact that fireworks use and the sight and sound of fireworks can have on people and animals.   The Scottish Government, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Scotland, the Scottish SPCA and many more have come together for the second year running...