On the 31 January it will be the year of the horse, so while celebrations are going on it is important to ensure that all those enjoying themselves are safe from the risk of fire.
Many people will be celebrating at home - cooking while entertaining or relaxing with family or friends. It may be easy to be distracted and therefore more vulnerable to fire.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service understand that the New Year festivities are very special to Chinese communities, as it is a period of good luck and starting afresh, but by taking just a few simple precautions you can greatly reduce the risks for yourself and your family.
Follow our safety tips to celebrate safety:
Flying (Chinese) lanterns are popular for Chinese New Year celebrations. Research has shown that in some cases embers from the fuel cell of the lantern can continue to glow for several minutes after the flames have gone out. There is also the very real possibility that hot, glowing embers can fall from the lantern as it flies and could land on people or animals.
The lanterns are often seen as a gentler alternative to fireworks, but the potential risks they carry are high and although they are not banned - there is already a complete ban on the lanterns in Germany and Australia - Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service would not recommend their use
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