Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee for sure this bank holiday weekend – Warwickshire County Council

Celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee begin across the UK this week, from street parties, barbecues and social gatherings to the deployment of bonfires and fireworks.

To ensure your plans go smoothly, Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Services and Public Health Services are providing key advice to celebrate this bank holiday weekend safely.

Street fairs and parking lots

If you are hosting a street party or inviting guests to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, please ensure they park safely and legally. With crowds at home the risk of fire increases and Warwickshire Fire and Ambulance need to be able to get emergency vehicles through.

Beacons and bonfires

If you plan to light a bonfire or campfire, please do not use fire accelerants. Make sure you have a well-constructed barrier between the fire and nearby people. When lighting a fire, you must consider the direction of the wind and ensure that the smoke plume does not affect residential areas, roads and access points.

Remember that with controlled burns, it is illegal to leave a fire unattended or to have too few people to control it. Always make sure a fire is completely extinguished before leaving and check the next day to make sure it hasn’t reignited.

Local residents must inform the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service when lighting a beacon to avoid sending fire engines on false alarms when they could respond to a real emergency. Please email operationalplanning@warwickshire.gov.uk with the following details:

  • Name and address of the organizer
  • A phone number for during the event
  • The location of the beacon
  • The date, start time, and end time that the beacon is lit

Fireworks

When planning fireworks, always follow the Fireworks Code and only buy CE marked fireworks. Visit the Safe Partying webpage for more information.

Fire safety at home

If you have guests in your home please ensure that there are working smoke detectors on each floor and that all guests are aware of the escape plan and where the house keys are kept. Visit the fire safety website for more information.

grilling

If using a BBQ to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, please ensure it is well away from fences, sheds, trees, shrubs and yard debris. Never use gasoline or paraffin to start or revive a grill and only use approved lighters or cold coal starter fuel.

sky lanterns

The Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service recommends the use of sky lanterns due to the fire hazards and risks they pose to property, crops, livestock and the environment.

Drink

If people have been drinking alcohol, please ensure they are not involved in the use of firecrackers or barbecues. Encourage people to plan their journey home and don’t be tempted to drive while drinking.

Councilor Andy Crump, portfolio owner for Fire and Rescue and Community Safety at Warwickshire County Council, said:

“This week is a time for celebration and we all want to enjoy ourselves and have a good time, but we also need to protect ourselves and each other. We anticipate that many people will be organizing street parties, BBQs, fireworks and bonfires throughout the district, but please act responsibly. This will still be a busy weekend for emergency services and we hope that by following these important pointers and advice everyone can enjoy the Platinum Jubilee weekend and create memories for the right reasons.”

For further safety advice please read the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service document Keeping Safe

Public Health Warwickshire has also offered important advice to ensure everyone can celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee safely:

infection safety

There are currently no COVID-19 government restrictions in place across the country, but COVID-19 is still with us and so it’s important to protect yourself and others from COVID as you celebrate the anniversary this week. Public Health Warwickshire advises the public to:

  • Get fully vaccinated
  • Wear a face covering indoors or in crowded public places
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others if you are unwell
  • Let some fresh air in if you meet indoors, or meet outdoors if possible
  • Wash and disinfect your hands regularly

Cllr Margaret Bell, portfolio owner for social care and adult health said:

“While we look forward to spending more time with friends and family to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, it should remain important for all of us to follow the latest public health guidelines.



“We must do everything we can to protect one another from suspected risks, and that includes not meeting with others if you are unwell and getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to increase the level of protection that we have.” we all have families and local communities to ourselves.”

COVID-19 vaccinations can be booked on the NHS website and the latest guidance on reducing the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections is available on the GOV.UK website.

Public Health Warwickshire is also aware of an increasing number of cases of monkeypox nationally. Although the risk to the public is low and the infection is not as communicable as COVID-19, it is important that people are aware of the symptoms and not mix with others if they are unwell for any reason. Visit the NHS website for more information.

To find out more about the Platinum Jubilee in Warwickshire visit:

For more information on Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend, visit GOV.UK’s Platinum Jubilee website and The Royal Family’s Platinum Jubilee website.

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