This week sees the start of celebrations for the Queens Platinum Jubilee. There will be all forms of celebrations all over the UK ranging from street parties to bbq’s and private parties. We would like to Jubilee revellers to stay safe this extended bank holiday weekend.
Here are a few tips to help you celebrate the Jubilee safely:-
Barbecues are a great way to an enjoy the Jubilee, it’s also very easy for these to get out of control.
Follow these few simple rules to stay safe:
Setting up and getting started
- Set up your barbecue on level ground away from bushes, tents or other buildings
- Put only about 2 inches of charcoal in the barbecue and keep the rest away from the fire
- Only use recommended fluids or firelighters and never petrol
- Wear suitable clothing
- Be careful when cooking fatty foods to avoid flare-ups
- Make sure the coals are cool before trying to move the barbecue and empty ash onto garden soil
- Never empty into a dustbin
- Have a means of extinguishing any fire in an emergency on hand
- Consider how you will dispose of your barbecue once you have finished with it. Some areas have dedicated barbecue bins however you should always ensure your barbecue is fully cooled before disposing of it by pouring cold water on it. A barbecue that is still warm and not fully extinguished could re-ignite and cause a fire.
- Never take a smouldering or lit BBQ into a tent, caravan or cabin.
- Even if you have finished cooking your BBQ should remain outside as it will still give off fumes for some hours after use putting you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Having a marquee or garden party to celebrate? Please be aware of the following electrical safety tips if you are using sockets, cables or leads:-
Plugs and sockets
Keep an eye out for the following:
- Hot plugs or sockets, scorch marks, fuses that often blow, or flickering lights - they are all are signs of loose wiring or other electrical problems
- Badly wired plugs - any coloured wires sticking out could come loose and debris could also get into the plug
- Are the wires are held firmly in place inside the plug
- Overloaded sockets - plugging too many electrical appliances into one socket can lead to overheating
- Use sockets safely - it's better to use a bar adapter (multi-board) on a lead than a block adaptor
- Only use one adaptor per socket - don't plug one adaptor into another and try to keep to one plug per socket
Cables and leads
- Getting frayed and damaged? - Make sure the outer covering of all power leads is in good condition and replace if necessary?
- Badly positioned? - They shouldn't be anywhere that they could be tripped over, or near water, cookers or other sources of heat?
- Being run under rugs or carpets where they can wear through without anyone noticing? – Please reposition them elsewhere.
Throughout the celebrations, we will always be ready to respond, protecting you 24/7. In an emergency, please call 999.
We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Jubilee weekend!