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Happy New Year

Much like other celebrations this year, New Years Eve will be very different to usual.

With venues across the country closed and the usual organised events not going ahead, people will likely be celebrating from home.

However if you are planning on welcoming in the new year, we want to ensure that everyone stays safe and celebrates in line with the current guidance.

So we’re urging people to NOT to use Fireworks or Sky Lanterns to celebrate.

Sky Lanterns

Sky lanterns can pose a serious fire hazard and are a danger to our wildlife, as well as littering and polluting our land.

They may look pretty when up in the sky, however once out of sight do you know where those lanterns land?

Paul Hedley, the National Fire Chiefs Council lead for wildfires: “They pose a huge fire hazard, impact on agriculture, thatched properties and hazardous material sites, and risk the lives of animals. A fire caused by a sky lantern can be a complex and large scale incident and have huge implications on fire services who are already stretched at this time of the year.”

The Emergency Services remain under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19, and sky lanterns could put additional pressure on the fire service this festive season.

Just one rogue sky lantern could lead to devastating consequences.

Julia Bradbury speaks out about the danger of sky lanterns:

Fireworks

We’re also advising against the use of Fireworks.

Usually at organised events firework displays are managed by professionals and allow us to enjoy the spectacular shows safely.

Letting of fireworks in your own garden can pose a danger to yourself and others if not done safely and with care.

Firework Safety:

  • Fireworks can be extremely dangerous if not used correctly
  • Always buy fireworks from a retailer licensed by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and read the safety information detailed with the appropriate CE marking.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time
  • Always light the firework at arm’s length using a taper or fuse wick and stand well back – never return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Click here for information on the law and when you can set off fireworks
  • Always follow the Fireworks Code
  • You can not purchase fireworks under the age of 18 & you can be fined or imprisoned for buying or using fireworks illegally. (The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks, including sparklers, in the street or other public places.)
  • Adult fireworks are category 2 and 3 fireworks – they don’t include things like party poppers.