Firefighters offer advice on Jubilee beacons – Eastleigh News

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Hampshire and the IOW Fire and Rescue Service are asking people planning to light a beacon to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee to let them know in advance.

Thousands of beacons are expected to light up the night sky on Thursday June 2, kicking off a weekend of celebrations across the country to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty’s reign. Several Eastleigh parish councils will take part, including Allbrook (on Otterbourne Common), Fair Oak and Horton Heath (Knowle Park), Hound (Cricket Pitch, Netley Abbey) and West End (Hatch Grange).

The beacons will be lit at 9:45 p.m.

Dan Tasker, Deputy Director of Operations for HIWFRS, said:

We know that many people in our communities will be celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It promises to be a great and memorable occasion and we want everyone to have fun.

Registering your beacon with us in advance is easy and will allow our control operators to understand where fires are started in our area, helping to ensure genuine beacons are not mistaken for fires. uncontrolled joy.

If you are involved in a beacon lighting event, please call us on 023 8064 4000, or use the contact form on our website:

Please let us know the exact location of your beacon, as well as the organizer’s name and phone number.

A detailed event guide can be downloaded by anyone planning to light a beacon:

HIWFRS has issued the following advice for stay safe around markers.

  • Make sure the structure and base of your beacon is solid and well located, away from any fence, tree, building or other structure
  • Do not burn plastics or metals
  • Do not use flammable liquids, such as paraffin or gasoline, to start your fire
  • Do not turn on the beacon in very strong winds.
  • Make sure children and pets are supervised
  • Keep buckets of water nearby in case of emergency
  • Never leave your beacon unattended
  • Remember that the embers will stay hot long after the flames are extinguished or extinguished.
  • If you think a fire is out of control, dial 999 immediately. Using What3Words can help us identify locations faster.
    If you light fireworks:
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length and always follow instructions
  • Never go back to a lit firework – even if it hasn’t exploded, it could still explode
  • Make sure everyone stands well back and pets are kept inside