WHEN it comes to New Year's Eve, people will want to celebrate one way or another...

Celebrations will be in order, the drinks will be flowing but awaiting the midnight hour means one thing: fireworks.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service wants residents to have a fun evening but to also consider being safe on the night too.

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Paul Jones, group manager at RBFRS, said: "To ensure you don’t receive any unwanted firefighters on your doorstep, we’re urging you to take care, especially when using fireworks, bonfires, lanterns or candles, which carry a particular risk.”

When buying fireworks, make sure they are marked BS 7114 or CE - this shows that the firework meets British or European safety standards and reputable shops should know this.

It seems simple but do not drink alcohol when setting off fireworks.

Keep fireworks in secure box.

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Never go near a firework that has been lit as even if it hasn't gone off, it still can and explode.

Always supervise children around fireworks and never give sparklers to a child under five.

Bonfires also prove to be a fire hazard as it can become out of control.

Make sure to build bonfires away from buildings, fences, trees and garden structures.

Never burn aerosols, tyres, cannisters or anything containing foam or paint as it may produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode causing injury.

Don’t use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going as it could quickly get out of control.

Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies.

Never leave a bonfire unattended and keep children and pets away from it.

Think carefully when it comes to making homemade lanterns and place them securely in a purpose-built candle holder away from draughts.

Flickering LED candles are safer than real candles.

Never allow small children to carry lanterns lit by naked flames. The handle could become hot or the child could slip.

Lanterns should never be made from plastic bottles or other plastic containers.

Floating lanterns are a fire hazard but also pose a risk to livestock, agriculture, camping activities, thatched properties and hazardous material sites.

Ensure that the candles are extinguished completely at night or before you go out.

Paul added: "Although Christmas has now passed, many of our residents will still have their decorations up and Christmas lights on.

"We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you to be careful using electrical items such as Christmas lights. Always switch them off before you go to sleep, and make sure they’ve been bought from a reputable supplier and comply with electrical safety regulations.

“Additionally, make sure that you don’t overload plug sockets or extension leads as this could lead to a fire.”