Carnival – Tips for fire protection. Hot rhythms and celebrations instead of hot flames and extinguishing


Guggenmusic, Fasnet. Foto: Hermann Schmider at Pixabay


In the next few weeks the so-called fifth season will really take off. Fools, jesters and carnival revellers are enthusiastically jumping into the numerous offered carnival parties and balls.

To make sure that you as organizer and visitor can celebrate these hours in a relaxed way, you should consider a few things to avoid fire accidents as good as possible.


  • When buying streamers, garlands and decorations, look out for flame-retardant products. You can recognise these by the imprint “B1”. By the way, our silk papers and crepe papers are also suitable for this purpose
Colourful and flame retardant – an unbeatable combination. Photo: 5598375 on Pixabay


  • In general, when decorating your party room, do not place decorative materials in the immediate neighborhood of light bulbs, radiant heaters, candles or other hot objects.
  • If you really want to place candles, you could install them fire-safe in so-called preserving jars out of glass.
  • Set up ashtrays and empty their contents into metal buckets only.
  • Remember to clearly mark emergency exits, never close them and make sure they are easily accessible.
  • Better safe than sorry, so keep fire extinguishers, fire extinguishing spray or buckets of water ready.
  • Check your smoke detectors in advance.
  • Do not use easily flammable material such as paper or cotton wool for costumes. Even children’s costumes with the EN 71 standard are not absolutely safe. It does specify how fast flames may spread. However, it does not cover secondary fire phenomena such as dripping. Close fitting costumes are generally safer. Talk to your children about the dangers of fire and teach them how to behave in an emergency. (see below)
  • Park responsibly, keep the escape routes clear!

Tips in case of fire:

  • Keep calm and don’t run off. If possible, take off burning clothing quickly.
  • Otherwise, throw yourself on the ground and roll quickly.
  • Help others, those affected are usually in shock. If necessary throw them to the ground and roll them.
  • Use a blanket to put out the fire and roll the person up to their neck.

Wound treatment:

  • Cool the injured area for about 10 minutes. The water should not be too cold, otherwise there is a risk of hypothermia.
  • Do not remove burnt in clothes.
  • In case of large wounds, call the emergency doctor on 112.

We wish all “party people” a fire-free, grand carnival! Helau and Alaaf and all the other fool calls – which you can read about here.