Event safety

Health and safety


Good planning and organisation is essential to putting on an event that is both safe and enjoyable.

For many events, all that is required is to follow a basic series of steps

Think about and identify any risks around your event and consider the measures you will put in place to keep everyone safe. Below are some practical tips on some common areas that require precautions.

Electrical equipment

  • electrical equipment being used at outdoor events may be subjected to harsh conditions particularly if the weather is wet – ensure that any equipment is suitable for outdoor use and is in good condition
  • using a Residual Current Device (RCD) can reduce the likelihood of an electrical injury
  • avoid bad practice including overloading circuits by using multi gang adapters
  • ensure wires and cables are not trailed where they can be tripped over

Fire precautions and use of LPG

  • precautions must be taken when using LPG – use only equipment and connections that have been designed and manufactured to the appropriate British Standard specification
  • ensure all connections are correctly secured
  • never attempt to detach the hose from the cylinder when operational
  • only use flexible hoses that are not cracked
  • wherever any cooking equipment is used, provide a fire blanket and/or a suitable fire extinguisher
  • any BBQ should be located appropriately where other people cannot easily burn themselves and any charcoal should be extinguished fully before being disposed of


  • do not use petrol generators – diesel generators are safer
  • a generator needs ventilation, do not cover it or store it near combustible materials
  • fuel must be stored in an approved container away from sparks and the generator – never re-fuel whilst the generator is still running
  • generators produce fumes and noise, which can cause annoyance and can be unpleasant for residents and other members of the public – ensure that your generator is operating efficiently and with minimal pollution

For safety advice on Bouncy Castles (and other inflatables) visit the Health and Safety Executive website