Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire Service gives advice to celebrate Diwali safely

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to celebrate safely during the up-coming Diwali celebrations.

Diwali is known as the “Festival of the Lights” and celebrations often involve fireworks, candles, earthenware oil lamps (Divas) and cooking special meals for family and friends. This means that there is an increased risk of fire, but by taking just a few simple precautions you can reduce the risks for yourself and your family.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms save lives - so please make sure you have a working smoke alarm installed on every floor of your home. If there is a fire, a smoke alarm will immediately warn you, giving you and everyone in your home time to escape to safety.

If you or someone you know doesn't have working smoke alarms at home, we can fit them for free. Find out more at


  • Always place candles firmly in a proper holder so they don't fall over and on a heat resistant surface
  • Put out candles before you leave a room and before you go to bed 
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets 
  • Keep candles away from ribbons, greetings cards and other decorations - these could easily catch fire 
  • Keep candles out of draughts and away from curtains, other fabrics or furniture, which could catch fire 
  • Keep candles away from clothes and hair - if there's any chance you could forget a candle is there and lean across it, put it somewhere else. 

More advice about using candles safely here


  • Don't get distracted when you are cooking – turn your cooking off if you have to leave the kitchen 
  • Keep tea towels, clothes and electrical leads away from the cooker and hob 
  • Make sure saucepan handles are not sticking out from the hob or over a naked flame 
  • Remember to check that the oven or hob are switched off after you have finished cooking 
  • Take extra care when deep-fat frying or cooking with oil - hot oil can catch fire easily - use a thermostat controlled deep-fat fryer which will make sure the fat doesn't get too hot 

More kitchen fire safety advice here


If you are thinking of using fireworks as part of your celebrations, please follow the firework code

More firework safety advice here.

Have you had a free home safety visit? 

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service offer free home safety visits to all residents living in Essex. 

Its highly trained team will visit your home, help identify how you can live more safely and ensure your smoke alarms are in the best place and are working correctly. They'll also fit new smoke alarms completely free of charge if they are needed. 

To arrange your free home visit, please contact: 

Call: 0300 303 0088 
Online form 

Page last updated 7 November, 2020

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