The St. John's Regional Fire Department has set new regulations to educate fireworks vendors and users about the proper use and handling of fireworks.

Brian Smith, the deputy chief of support services for the St. John's Regional Fire Department, said the new Consumer Fireworks Certification Program is meant to enhance safety. 

Under the program, anyone selling fireworks must now have certified staff who can give information to customers on how to use the fireworks safely, and people buying fireworks must provide personal information and indicate where the fireworks will be set off.

"Basically what the safety issue is to make sure we have better education to the public," said Smith. "And let them know how to set up fireworks safely and how to dispose of them and what they should do when they are dealing with the fireworks."

New fireworks vendors will also be required to obtain certification from the fire department before they are issued a vending permit.