Lighting a Jubilee beacon? Why you need to notify the fire department

People are warned to take extra precautions if they intend to light Jubilee beacons.

Local beacon lighting event organizers have been instructed to light their beacons at 9.45pm on June 2 as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration.

It is estimated that over 2,000 beacons will be lit across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and British Overseas Territories and Commonwealth countries as part of the Jubilee celebration Beacons.

Group manager Tom Cookson, of the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘We know 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 operational firefighters to understand where fires are started in our area, helping to ensure genuine beacons are not mistaken for uncontrolled bonfires. .”

Fire advice advises people not to burn plastics or metals; do not use flammable liquids, such as paraffin or gasoline, to start your fire or light the beacon in very strong winds.

People are also advised to ensure that the structure and base of your beacon is “sturdy” and is in a good location away from any fences, trees, buildings or other structures.

If you are attending a lighting event, you can register the exact location and the name and phone number of the organizer by clicking here.

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