Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to offer fire safety advice to people celebrating Diwali on 11th November 2015.
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.
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 reduce the risks for yourself and your family.
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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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
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
More kitchen fire safety tips
If you are thinking of using fireworks as part of your celebrations, please follow the firework code.
More firework safety advice
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Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will fit free smoke alarms for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk.
If you are over 65 years of age and you live in Cheshire, you can arrange for a Firefighter or a Community Safety Advocate to visit your home for a free home safety visit. During the home safety visit advice will be given on how to make your home safer, what to do in the event of a fire and what to do if you are trapped by a fire. Free smoke alarms will also be fitted (if needed) with an explanation on how to maintain them correctly.
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