Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service issues D-Day beacons advice

The 6th of June 2024 marks the 80th celebrations of D-Day. On this day, brave soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy facing the unimaginable challenges and making the ultimate sacrifice for peace and justice.

To mark the occasion, beacons and Lamp Lights of Peace will be lit at 9:15pm around the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. The flames will represent the ‘light of peace’ that emerged from the darkness of War.

We would like everyone to enjoy their celebrations safely.

• Please make sure you know how to keep yourself and others safe around beacons.

• Ensure the structure and base of your beacon is sturdy and is in a good location, away from any fences, trees, buildings, or other structures

• Do not burn plastics or metals

• Do not use flammable liquids, such as paraffin or petrol, to light your fire

• Do not light the beacon in very high winds

• Make sure children and pets are supervised

• Keep buckets of water nearby for emergencies

• Never leave your beacon unattended

• Remember, embers will stay hot for a long time after the flames have gone out or been extinguished

• If you think a fire is out of control, dial 999 immediately. Using What3Words can help us pinpoint locations quicker.

If you’re lighting fireworks:

• Light fireworks at arm’s length and always follow the instructions

• Never go back to a lit firework – even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode

• Make sure everyone stands well back and pets are kept indoors