Over a dozen fireworks factories have been given €5,000 to improve the safety of manufacture and working environments.
The awarded sums are part of a €140,000 fund set up by the Arts Council Malta and are aimed at improving the safety for volunteers and also to the improvement of the pyrotechnic product.
Integral to the fund factories were requested to propose ideas which would revamp the infrastructure and technology used in the production of fireworks. The fund would therefore support them in the purchase of new equipment, educational resources and security.
In addition to this, the fireworks factories would also receive a First Aid Box for each of the 28 factories involved. A member of each factory would also need to attend First Aid Courses at the Malta Red Cross.
With this project falling under the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, the Minister explained that this was integral to the future of the industry.
‘Each year, both locals and foreigners alike eagerly await these firework spectacles which are loved by many, and some may not realise all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure that these turn out well. Through such a project we are not only making this aspect of our culture more accessible, but we are also safeguarding this tradition, whilst also ensuring the safety of the volunteers who are creating these formidable works of art.’