New Years Eve is just around the corner and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service are issuing advice to the public to ensure celebrations across the counties are safe and enjoyable.

It’s a popular night for Fireworks displays and really important that members of the public consider their safety when using Fireworks. If they are holding one in their garden we would always recommend attending a public display as these are safer.

Fireworks are safe if you use them properly. Here are some simple steps to make sure that everyone has a good time without getting hurt:

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework, using a torch if necessary.
  • Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back.
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
  • Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
  • Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving

Another popular activity on New Years Eve is using Chinese lanterns.  Also known as wish or flying lanterns, carry a significant risk of fire or injury if not used wisely. The lanterns are generally made from paper, supported by a wire frame that incorporates a holder at the base for a solid fuel heat source.

Group Manager Richard Coleman said: “With Chinese lanterns, you’re basically throwing a naked flame into the sky with no control over the direction it will take or where it will land – in addition, there is no guarantee that the fuel source will be fully extinguished and cooled when the lantern eventually descends.”

Further advice on the use of Chinese lanterns can be found at www.dwfire.org.uk/chinese-lanterns

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