Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is asking people across the county to stay safe while celebrating the 70th anniversary of VE Day.
With many events planned to mark the special occasion, firefighters are reminding people of some handy tips to help keep themselves and their families safe from the devastating effects of fire.
KFRS’s Head of Community Safety, Lee Rose, said: “The 70th anniversary of VE Day will be a time of great celebration across the county, as well as a time for acts of remembrance. If you are joining in with this shared moment of celebration with family and friends or attending a community event, please make sure it goes with a bang and that your plans don’t go up in smoke."
If you are hosting a celebratory party, make sure that whoever is cooking keeps their attention on the stove or grill. With so much going on, it’s easy to become distracted, leaving the pan to overheat which could then catch alight. If you are the chef, always remember not to drink too much alcohol.
For those taking to the great outdoors, ensure camp fires are kept under control and lit well away from tents or caravans and if you’re planning a barbecue that you do it safely. Barbecues should be on a flat site, well away from sheds, trees or shrubs and keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies. Never leave a fire to burn out unsupervised and make sure ash and coals are cold before you dispose of them.
For those organising a beacon event to mark this important occasion, please remember that fire safety must be a top priority. Please follow the instructions given on the VE Day Beacons website.
Lee added: “If you're hosting an event, make sure that everyone attending knows the escape routes in case a fire breaks out. A small amount of pre-planning can help ensure that an accidental fire doesn’t ruin a wonderful occasion. For those planning a bonfire or fireworks display, please keep children at a safe distance. Always follow the fireworks code, and only buy your fireworks from a licensed supplier.
“By following these easy tips, you can make sure your event is a safe, fun celebration and that the memories you make are ones to cherish, not regret.”