New Year's Eve celebrations - fire safety tips

Please take extra care during New Year celebrations.  Many of the things we enjoy during this festive period, such as fireworks, fairy lights, candles, paper hats and decorations, can all be fire hazards when proper care is not taken.

Tips to keep you safe this New Year

  • If you are planning to celebrate with fireworks, store them in a metal box, read the instructions, never go back to a lit firework and keep a bucket of water nearby.

  • Never place candles near your Christmas tree or furnishings. Don't leave them burning unattended.

  • Decorations can burn easily - Don't attach them to lights or heaters.

  • Switch off electrical appliances when not in use, unless they're designed to stay on. Take special care with fairy lights and outdoor lights. Always switch off and unplug lights before you go to bed.

  • Check your lights conform to the British Standard. Always use an RCD on outdoor electrical equipment (safety device that can save lives by instantly switching off the power)

  • Never leave cooking unattended.

  • Check the battery in your smoke alarm every week and use the New Year as a reminder to clean it and remove dust.

New Year celebrations are times to have fun with family and friends, so follow our simple fire safety tips to keep everyone safe to enjoy the festivities.

Carry out your own home safety check

Complete our online home safety check and you will get a personalised fire safety plan, which will offer advice on how to prevent fires in your home.

Do the online home safety check

Book a home safety check

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will fit free smoke alarms for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk.

If you are over 65 years of age and you live in Cheshire, you can arrange for a Firefighter or a Community Safety Advocate to visit your home for a free home safety visit. During the home safety visit advice will be given on how to make your home safer, what to do in the event of a fire and what to do if you are trapped by a fire. Free smoke alarms will also be fitted (if needed) with an explanation on how to maintain them correctly.

Book a home safety visit for over 65’s

Useful links

The following leaflets contain safety advice, to keep you safe this winter:

Candles in the home

Fire escape plan

Home safety - 6 steps

Kitchen fire safety

Smoke alarms