Chinese New Year and fire safety

Parades, candles and lanterns as well as dancing dragons are synonymous with Chinese New Year. It is important that amongst all the festivities of this year’s celebrations to start the year of the dragon, fire safety is not forgotten.

Here are some important fire safety tips to ensure that you and your family stay safe this New Year.

Fireworks/flying lanterns
If you are enjoying fireworks always ensure that they carry the British Safety Standard 7114 mark. Treat them with respect and light them a good distance away from onlookers. Never light a firework that has been damaged and always follow the instructions.
Ensure that if you are setting off flying lanterns that the lighting of them is supervised and the release of them has been planned to avoid contact with trees.

Cooking should never be left unattended as it could quite easily get out of control and start a fire. Hot fat could combust and there is a risk of anyone in the house becoming overpowered with smoke before they have a chance to escape.

Candles should never be left unattended once lit. The flame should be placed away from flammable material like curtains or decorations. Make sure that you have put the candles out correctly before you leave the room and especially before you go to bed.

Early warning
Ensure that you have working smoke alarms, test them regularly and never take out the batteries of alarms. You should have an escape plan, talk this through with all family members especially small children.

This leaflet gives you advice and tips for your fire safety over the festive period. It is written in English and Chinese.

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