Celebrate safely this Chinese New Year Posted on January 27, 2017 by Jayne SandersonSouth Yorkshire Fire & Rescue wises everyone taking part in Chinese New Year festivities a happy and safe celebration.Chinese New Year (28 January 2017) is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. For many it’s a time to celebrate the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one.With more people at home – cooking while entertaining or relaxing with family or friends, the risk of fire increases. People are more likely to be distracted during this time of year and therefore more vulnerable to fire.Safety tips:Most fires start in the kitchen – never leave cooking unattended. When cooking deep-fried food, never fill the pan more than one-third full of oil. Never throw water over the pan.Keep candles out of reach of children and animals – children should be supervised at all times near flames. Keep flames from candles at a safe distance from curtains, furniture and decorations.Treat fireworks with caution – only buy fireworks marked with British Safety Standard 7114 and always read the instructions.We would encourage you not to use flying lanterns -but if you do use them, please always read the manufacturers instructions before use.Avoid overloading electrical sockets – try to remember, one plug – one socket. If you must have more plugs connected always use a fused adaptor.