Alex Neil, SNP MSP for Central Scotland, has welcomed the announcement that the National Fireworks Association (NCFA) will be providing a dedicated fireworks helpline to help regulators during the 2008 fireworks selling season.
The NCFA is a new organisation that has been set up to bring together all parts of the fireworks industry for the first time to provide a single expert authority on the safe use of fireworks. Its members include firework suppliers and retailers, government officials and senior trading standards representatives.
The main goal of the NCFA is to encourage the safe, legal and responsible standards for manufacturing, importing and selling of fireworks across Britain. In line with this, the NCFA is providing a dedicated fireworks information centre to help deal with any fireworks related issues.
Mr Neil said,
"Although many of us look forward to the displays that this time of year brings, it is vital to remember that fireworks can be incredibly dangerous.
"If anyone in Lanarkshire or across Scotland has any questions regarding the transportation, storage or use of fireworks, I would advice them to visit the NCFA's website at www.ncfa.co.uk or call 01484 485 914.
"I hope that people in Lanarkshire enjoy this year's fireworks season in a safe and responsible manner and that other residents are not disturbed."