Carnival Health and safety

Health and safety 

Environmental Health Staff Officers from the Environmental Health Department will be visiting your stall throughout the day to ensure that everything is safe and hygienic. 

Please help them to carry out their duties. Working together will help everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Carnival.

The Carnival attracts crowds of people and therefore extra care needs to be taken to ensure public safety. It is everyone’s aim to ensure that Carnival is safe and enjoyable. We hope that by following this advice, it will be. 

Setting up times

Please arrive in plenty of time to set your stall up safely. Unless agreed in advance that your vehicle forms part of your stall, all vehicles must be removed from the Carnival area before 8am and must not re-enter the Carnival area until the police open the roads.

Please make sure that you unload everything you need from your van/car before 8am and then park it in a parking area outside the Carnival. 

Vehicles will be prevented from returning to their stalls during the day.

Close down

Close Down Your trading licence only permits trading until 8pm. 

Enforcement officers will be on duty reporting late traders who will not be issued with licences in 2016 and subsequent years. 

Pitch sizes and stalls 

You must provide your own stall. 

Pitch sizes will be as stated on your site confirmation letter.

Please ensure before the day that you do not exceed this size, as this will cause difficulties with other stallholders close by and constitutes a breach of the licence conditions. 

Remember: Your stall must be in good repair and clean at the start of the day and kept clean throughout Carnival.

Trading Standards

Stalls must not sell alcohol at any time (this includes beer and lager) – sell soft drinks only. No glass containers (this includes bottles). 

You must not sell any counterfeit, faulty or falsely labelled goods. 

Health and safety first aid 

You must have a first aid kit on the stall. You will not be allowed to trade without one. 

Fire extinguishers

All stalls must have the appropriate fire extinguishers which are as follows: 

  • stalls cooking food: 4kg dry powder or four litres foam
  • deep-fat-fryer: if you plan to use a deep fat fryer we recommend that you fit a flame failure device and also provide a suitable fire blanket 
  • stalls with generators: 4kg dry powder or carbon dioxide CO2
  • stalls not cooking food: 4.5 litres water 

In the event of a fire, call the Fire Brigade immediately. 

  • if gas cylinders are involved, do not throw water over them, tell the Fire Brigade how many cylinders there are and where they are
  • only tackle a fire if you feel confident to do so
  • never return to a fire if it is not under control


The main problem with barbecues is that they are normally situated where the public can be pushed against them and burn themselves. 

Please ensure that they are sited at the back or the side of your pitch where people cannot come into contact with the heat of the barbecue or its flame. 

Do not use Police barriers, they are not for traders’ use. 

The use of police barriers is a breach of your licence contract.

The police have been advised to retrieve all illegally acquired barriers.


All electrical wires and connections must be safe. 

If you are in doubt ask the London Electricity Board or a competent electrician for advice. 

The Council electrician will disconnect any illegal or dangerous connections, for example connections to lamp posts, overloaded cables, exposed conductors, trailing cables, and such like.

Wires and cables should not be trailed where they can be tripped over or walked into.

Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG)

This is the bottled gas used for cooking and heating, example Calor Gas.

Please ensure:

  • all connections are correctly secured
  • only use flexible hoses that are not cracked
  • rub soapy water around joints and look for bubbles
    if bubbles appear then it means that the joint is leaking and is unsafe
  • store spare cylinders upright safely so that they cannot fall over and are away from sparks/flames
  • do not use last year’s cylinder unless it has been serviced


  • the generator needs ventilation - do not store it under the stall or 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 
  • vehicle engines and generators produce fumes and noise which can cause annoyance and be unpleasant for residents and Carnival goers - please ensure that your vehicle or generator is operating efficiently and with minimal pollution 
  • you should ensure your fumes are directed away from food stall and residential property

For further information contact: Carnival Office (Council offices), Pembroke Road Annexe, 37 Pembroke Road, W8 6PW