How ever you plan to celebrate Chinese New Year, we want you to enjoy the festivities safely.
We have some advice on how to celebrate safely.
More than half of all the fires we attend start in the kitchen, so if you are planning a meal with family and friends follow these tips:
- Never fill a pan more than one third full of fat or oil.
- Never leave cooking unattended.
- Never put food in a pan if the oil begins to smoke. Turn off the heat and leave the oil to cool, otherwise it could catch fire.
- Never wear loose clothing near to cooking materials, as it could catch fire causing severe burns, or it could get caught on something and pull it over.
- Keep tea towels well away from cooking appliances, as they could catch fire.
- Clean hobs regularly to prevent a build up of fat which can catch fire.
If you plan to see in the Chinese New Year with fireworks, check out our safety advice – link to fireworks page
If you plan to light candles as part of your Chinese New Year celebrations, make sure you follow our tips to prevent the risk of fire:
- Tealights and nightlights should be placed in a suitable holder as they can melt through plastic materials.
- Never leave a candle burning unattended.
- Keep candles away from furnishings and clothing.
- Keep candles and matches or lighters out of the reach of children.
- Always put votive and scented candles in a glass or metal holder as they liquefy to release their fragrance.
When using Chinese lanterns, always consider the local environment for the launch site and intended flight path. For more advice visit our Chinese lantern page.