Diwali is known as 'Festival of the Lights' and sees an increase in the use of 'divas' or oil lamps. It is believed that light signifies goodness therefore various lamps are burnt throughout the day and into the night to ward off darkness and evil. The festival also features fireworks.
Celebrate Diwali safely
During your celebrations, please be aware of the dangers surrounding the increased use of candles in your homes and please take care when cooking or using fireworks.
Statistics show that there is an increased fire risk at Diwali time, because of Divas, candles and fireworks but by taking just a few simple precautions you can greatly reduce the risks for yourself and your family.
It is ironic and tragic that during periods of celebration there is a often an increase in the number of fires amongst many communities. It’s not only Diwali, we also see an increase at Christmas – don't let safety come second to celebration.
Just a few simple precautions can help keep you and your families safe.
Here are a few simple precautions and some key safety tips:
Please ensure that 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.
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During the festival of Diwali many homes are filled with oil lamps, candles and lights, which can bring additional fire risks to the home.
Take extra care with candles and follow our top safety tips below:
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 about using candles safely
With extra cooking going on in the home there is an increased risk of cooking related fires.
Take extra care in the kitchen and follow our top five safety tips below:
Don't get distracted when you are cooking - turn off or turn down the heat if you have to leave the cooking unattended
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
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If you are thinking of using fireworks as part of your celebrations, please follow the firework code.
Having fireworks at home can be great fun as long as they are used safely. Figures have shown that more children than adults get hurt by fireworks.
Fireworks are safe if you use them properly. If you are putting on a home display you should follow some simple steps to make sure that everyone has a good time without getting hurt.
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