The Chinese New Year celebration is synonymous with parades, candles, lanterns, and dancing dragons. Fire safety is a significant concern during the Chinese New Year. The firecrackers lit during the celebration can cause fires and burn injuries.
The Chinese New Year is a time of celebration, but it also comes with some risks. Firecrackers are lit to celebrate the new year. However, they can also cause fires and burn injuries.
People should be aware of their surroundings and avoid open flames to avoid these risks. They should also ensure that they have an escape plan in case of a fire or other emergency.
The following are some fire safety tips for the Chinese New Year:
- Ensure your home has working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers that are adequately maintained.
- Fireworks can be dangerous. To use them, you must have a permit, and a hose or fire extinguisher should always be nearby. Never light a damaged firework, and always follow the instructions. Ensure children are always supervised around fireworks. Attend public displays organized by professionals. If you are releasing flying lanterns, ensure that the lighting is supervised and that the release is planned to avoid contact with trees.
- Keep flames from candles away from curtains, furniture, and decorations that may catch fire. Also, keep them away from wind or fans blowing them over.
- Children should be supervised at all times near candles or open flames.
- Cooking delicacies is part of the new year festivities, however, please practice safety at the kitchen. If cooking oil catches fire, turn off the hotplate, slide the lid over the pan, or use a fire blanket to smother the fire. Never use water to douse oil fires, and never try to carry a burning pan. Call the Fire and Rescue Department at 994/112 immediately if there is a fire.
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