Chinese New Year safety advice

Mon 4 Feb, 2019

Covers of the Fire Safety in the Home booklet in Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service wishes everyone taking part in Chinese New Year festivities a happy and safe celebration. The Chinese year 4717 - the Year of the Pig - starts tomorrow (Tuesday 5 February). 

Community safety manager Joanne Cook said: “If you are celebrating Chinese New Year, remember it is easy to get distracted when the family are around. 

"Be extra vigilant when cooking, as more than half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen, and remember not to leave candles unattended."

Joanne offered the following safety advice:

- Make sure tealights and candles are placed in proper holders, and put them out when you leave the room.

- Treat fireworks with great caution. Only buy fireworks which have the CE mark, and always read the instructions. The firework code is available here in Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.

- We recommend that you do not use sky lanterns as you have no control over them once they’ve been set off. They can kill animals, litter the countryside and start fires. If you do choose to set them off, always follow the instructions that come with them. Don't use or light a lantern in windy conditions or if any part of it is damaged. They can rise to more than 1,000 feet, fly for up to 20 minutes and float for miles before landing. Think before you light!

- Never leave cooking unattended. When cooking deep-fried food, dry it before you put it in the hot oil. Never fill the pan more than one third full of oil. If the oil starts to smoke, turn off the heat and leave the pan to cool. Never throw water over the pan.

- Don't overload electrical sockets and adaptors. Use Electrical Safety First's Socket  Calculator to make sure you stay within the limits.

- You should have a working smoke alarm on the ceiling of each level of your home, and test your alarms regularly.

- Read or download the Fire Safety in the Home booklet, which is available here in Traditional and Simplified Chinese, English and 22 other languages.