Derbyshire: Tips on how to have a safe and fire free Diwali

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Firefighters are calling for all those celebrating Diwali this Thursday to have a safe and happy day.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued safety advice ahead of the ‘Festival of Lights’, as the celebration tends to see an increase in the use of candles, ‘divas’ (oil lamps) and fireworks.

The light symbolises goodness, therefore candles are burnt throughout the day and night to ward off darkness and evil, along with fireworks lighting our skies.

The service has advised taking the following precautions –

Candle safety:

Always put out candles before you leave a room and before you go to bed

Always place candles in a suitable holder to prevent them from falling

Keep candles out of reach of children and pets

Keep candles away from clothes and hair – do not lean across candles

Keep candles out of draughts and away from curtains and other fabrics or furniture

Firework safety:

Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable

Store fireworks in a metal box

Light firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back

Don’t put fireworks in your pocket and NEVER throw them

Read and follow the instructions on each firework, using a torch if necessary

Always keep a bucket of water on hand

With extra cooking taking place during the festival, there is an increased risk of kitchen fires.

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 ensure the fat doesn’t get too hot

Never leave cooking unattended

Keep tea towels, clothes and electrical leads away from the cooker and hob

Check that the oven or hob are switched off after you have finished cooking

Area manager Steve McLernon commented: “Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service wishes everybody a safe and happy Diwali.

“Whilst we want everyone to have an enjoyable Festival of Lights, we would ask them to celebrate safely and follow our top tips for staying safe.”

For more information about keeping safe in your home and outside, visit www.derbys-fire.gov.uk/keeping-safe/