Home Fire Safety

Special Occasions


This page offers you a selection of information and advice for both in and out of the home, winter months and celebrating special occasions safely. We have included a number of guides for you to download and/or print.

Fire Safety Outdoors 
Fire Safety in Winter
Fire Safety When Celebrating
Wishing You a Safe and Happy Christmas

Sky/Chinese lanterns

The use of Sky, or Chinese lanterns is growing in popularity and they are often seen in the night sky at festivals, weddings and other celebrations.

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service recommend that you do not use Sky/Chinese lanterns as you have no control over them once they have been set off.  They can kill animals, litter the countryside and can even start fires.  If you do choose to set them off, always follow the manufacturers’ guidance/instructions carefully.

Launch conditions and area:

  • Ensure sufficient clearance to avoid obstacles such as trees, power lines or buildings.
  • Avoid launching near roads, especially major roads or motorways.
  • Avoid standing crops.
  • Do not launch within five miles of an airport.
  • Do not launch in wind speeds in excess of five mph.
  • Check wind direction before launch.

General advice:

  • Lanterns should be used by responsible adults only.
  • Adults should not be under the influence of alcohol or any substance that could affect their level of responsibility.
  • Water should be on hand in case the lanterns catch fire.
  • The launch area should be kept clear of combustible materials.
  • Damaged lanterns should not be used.

Further Topics

Click on the topics below for further information:

Fireworks and Firework Displays Leaflet (PDF)

Bonfires Leaflet (PDF) 

GOV.UK Website - Fireworks: the law

UK Fireworks Safety Website

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Website

Health and Safety Executive Website