Firefighters have issued a few simple safety tips to help residents celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday to make it a weekend to remember for all the right reasons.
A common sense approach to using barbecues, decorating your home, setting up street parties and getting around will help the celebrations go with a swing, according to Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Mark Cashin, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, said: "We want everyone to let their hair down for this unique event without letting their guard down. It can be very easy during celebrations to forget a few basic principles to keep ourselves and everyone around us safe."
Anyone planning a right royal party fit for the Queen is reminded:
§ to take care when using a barbecue: ensure it's in good working order and in a safe place away from anything that can catch light or where people are walking past. Only use approved barbecue fuel and NEVER leave it unattended. Pour water on embers to cool them down and empty ash onto bare garden soil, never into a bin
§ that if the great British weather lets us down and you have to move your party indoors, don't put bunting or streamers over smoke detectors or close to light fittings which can get hot. It goes without saying that barbecues are for outdoor use only, but the same rules about never leaving cooking unattended apply to your normal hob or grill
§ that although the rules around setting up street parties have been relaxed, in most cases you will still need to let your local council know. When putting out tables and chairs, think carefully about how fire engines and other emergency vehicles will get through if they need to and make sure you don't block access
§ that if you're raising a toast to Her Royal Highness and enjoying a few drinks, don't be tempted to get behind the wheel. Elect a designated driver or get a taxi. There is never an excuse for drink driving.
For further advice on street parties, visit www.direct.gov.uk. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's website also has plenty of information on celebrating safely -- visit www.cheshirefire.gov.uk and click on 'public safety', then 'outdoor safety'.
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