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Celebrate Diwali Safely

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service urges communities who celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali to take extra care during their celebrations.

Diwali, also known as the ‘festival of lights’ is a five day celebration which starts on Wednesday 11 November this year and is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Jains and Sikhs around the world.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick, Community Safety, said: "We want everyone to have an enjoyable Diwali, but we want to remind people that candles, oil lamps and fireworks all pose serious fire risks. However, by following our simple safety tips you can keep your family and home as safe as possible."

Diwali Fire Safety Tips:

  • Make sure all candles and Divas are in a safe and secure holder and that all tea candles are placed on a heat resistant surface.
  • Keep candles and Divas away from soft furnishings, including curtains, and out of the reach of young children.
  • Special care should be taken with home made decorated candles and Diva lamps to ensure that the flame does not come into contact with anything which could catch light. Long hair and clothing (especially saris, chunris/chunis and dupattas) are also very flammable.
  • Candles should not be left unattended at any time, care should be taken when retiring to bed or while attending the Gurdwara (temple for Diwali prayers).
  • Ensure that all fireworks meet British safety standards, store them in a metal box, read the instructions, never go back to a lit firework and keep a bucket of water nearby.
  • If cooking during the festival do not leave cooking unattended.
  • If a fire does break out follow the simple rule to get everyone out, stay out and call the fire service out(dial 999).

"It is also vitally important that all homes have a properly fitted and working smoke alarm. Smoke alarms are without doubt the most important piece of equipment in any home. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will visit your home, carry out a safety inspection, give you all the advice you need and fit smoke alarms entirely FREEof charge.

To book a home fire safety visit call us on 0300 303 0088 or contact us online here.

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