Have a happy and safe Diwali

Fri 6 Nov, 2015

Firefighters are reminding people to take extra care when celebrating Diwali. The festival, which is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, culminates on Wednesday (11 November) and involves oil lamps, candles, fireworks and cooking special meals.

Group commander Richard Priest, head of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety team, said: “Lights, lamps, candles and lanterns 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.”

Richard 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 the flame at a safe distance from curtains, furniture and decorations.
  • Keep long hair and clothing away from naked flames.
  • Children and pets should be supervised at all times near flames.
  • Don't overload plug sockets, and do make sure electrical extension cables are fully uncoiled.
  • 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.
  • If you are thinking of using fireworks as part of your celebrations, please follow the firework code.

If you would like to book a free Home Fire Risk Check, with free smoke alarms fitted where needed, ring 01296 744477 or email cs@bucksfire.gov.uk