On 2 June 2022, beacons will be lit across the country to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth - her Platinum Jubilee.
More than 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, and one in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries in recognition of The Queen’s long and selfless service.
The beacons will enable local communities, individuals and organisations to pay tribute to her as part of the official Platinum Jubilee Weekend celebrations from 2 to 5 June 2022.
There is a Platinum Jubilee website which outlines everything you may need to know regarding the celebrations, including an excellent section on the different type of beacons and how to stay safe from fire.
There are different types of beacon referred to in the guide, but the safety messages remain the same:
- Ensure the structure and base are generally of a sound nature, able to withstand a ladder pitched against it for loading with wood for example.
- Do not burn plastics, metals or use any accelerants.
- Some beacons are fixed in position already, but be aware of structures or vegetation which may be different from the previous lighting. Particular attention to wind direction might help this.
- Don’t light the beacon in very high winds
- A responsible person should be on site to supervise the beacon at all times during and after lighting
- Barriers or a cordon around the immediate vicinity of the beacon will protect the public from falling debris / embers etc. (lining the beacon with chicken wire may reduce this)