Our aim is to help everyone to minimise the risk of fire and ensure that you know what to do if a fire should start. Take a look at the safety advice below.

  • Always place candles in proper holders and on heat resistant surfaces
  • Make sure you keep the flame at a safe distance from curtains, furniture and decorations
  • Keep long hair and clothing away from naked flames
  • Children and pets should be supervised at all times

  • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114
  • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Never go near a firework that has been lit – even if it has gone off, it could still explode
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
  • Light them at arm’s length, using a taper
  • Never give sparklers to a child under five
  • Stand well back
  • Always supervise children around fireworks
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
  • Keep pets indoors

  • Check your festive lights carry the British Safety (BS) Standard kitemark sign
  • Decorations can burn easily – don’t attach them to lights or heaters

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service does not recommend using flying lanterns (also commonly known as Chinese lanterns) because of the fire hazard and risk they pose to property, crops, livestock and the environment.

However, if you do intend to use them then please read through the advice below.

  • Keep water on hand in case they accidentally catch fire
  • Ensure sufficient clearance to avoid obstacles e.g. trees, power lines or buildings
  • Avoid launching near roads, especially major roads or motorways
  • Consider the wind direction and strength
  • Consider whether conditions are dry as a result of the previous weather conditions
  • Ensure that lanterns are only used by responsible adults