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Have a happy and safe Diwali

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service would like to make sure everyone stays safe while celebrating Diwali on Thursday October 23.

The risk of fire increases at this time of year because of the increased use of candles, tealights and fireworks. But by taking a few simple precautions, you can make sure that you and your family stay as safe as possible.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have some simple advice:

- 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 and stay out and call the Fire Service (Dial 999). Never go back into the property to collect belongings.
- If you don"t have a smoke alarm please use this festival as the ideal opportunity to get one. They are inexpensive and will give you the early warning required to get out of the property safely.

Neil Fenwick, Community Safety, said: "We want everyone to have an enjoyable Diwali and stay safe at the same time. By following our advice, you can keep your family and home as safe as possible from the risks posed by fire."

To arrange for ECFRS to carry out a home fire safety visit call 0300 303 0088

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