Have a happy and safe Diwali 2018!

Wed 7 Nov, 2018

Firefighters are reminding people to take extra care when celebrating Diwali a festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, which takes place today (Wednesday 7 November).

Diwali celebrations often involve lighting diva/diya oil lamps, tea lights and  candles, setting off fireworks and sharing special meals.

Joanne Cook, Community Safety and Safeguarding Manager, said: “Diva/diya lamps burning oil, tea lights, candles and fairy lights form an integral part of the festival, along with more cooking and entertaining than usual.

"Please remember never to leave anything burning without adult supervision. The best way to ensure your family’s safety is by having working smoke alarms in your home.”

Joanne has offered the following tips for keeping safe from fire during Diwali:

·        Always place divas/diyas, tea lights and candles on heat-resistant surfaces.

·        Make sure you keep lamps, candles and tea lights at a safe distance from curtains, furniture and decorations.

·        Keep long hair and clothing away from naked flames.

·        Supervise children and pets at all times near flames.

·        Don’t let yourself get distracted – never leave cooking unattended.

·       Take care when wearing loose clothing, as it can easily catch fire.

·        When cooking deep-fried food, dry it before you put it into hot oil.

·        If a pan with oil in it catches fire, don’t move it and don't throw water over it. Get out of the kitchen, close the door behind you and call 999.

·         Don't overload plug sockets, and do make sure electrical extension cables are fully uncoiled. 

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