Diwali, also known as the 'festival of lights,' is fast approaching, and as the Fire Industry Association, we wish to ensure that this year's celebrations are not only bright but also safe for all.

Check out this important safety advice to help individuals and families keep the joy burning without any unfortunate mishaps as the festival, which is celebrated on November 12th, draws near.

The much-anticipated festival of Diwali is marked by the lighting of oil lamps, or divas, which represent the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. Warmth and positivity are radiated by these lamps, which are traditionally lit throughout the day and into the night. Fireworks also take centre stage alongside the glowing divas, adding to the festive splendor.

To ensure a safe and secure Diwali, follow these valuable tips:

  • Ensure Candle and Diva Placement: Ensure that all candles and divas are placed securely in suitable holders, and tea lights are positioned on heat-resistant surfaces.
  • Keep Flammables at Bay: Keep candles and divas away from soft furnishings, such as curtains, and out of reach of young children. Extra caution is advised when using homemade decorated candles and divas, ensuring flames are isolated from anything that could catch fire, including long hair and clothing items like saris, chunris, chunis, and dupattas.
  • Never Leave Candles Unattended: Candles should never be left unattended, especially when retiring to bed or while attending prayers.
  • Avoid Daisy-Chaining: Refrain from daisy-chaining extension leads or adapters, a risky practice that involves plugging one extension into another to reach further or accommodate more appliances. This can create a substantial fire risk.
  • Firework Safety: Use fireworks that meet British safety standards, store them in a metal box, read the instructions carefully, never approach a lit firework, and have a bucket of water nearby for emergencies.
  • Kitchen Safety: When cooking during the festival, don't leave the oven unattended.
  • Know What to Do in Case of a Fire: If a fire breaks out, follow the simple rule of getting everyone out, staying out, and calling 999. Never re-enter the property to retrieve belongings.
  • Install Smoke Alarms: If you don't already have a smoke alarm, consider installing one. Smoke alarms are affordable and easy to set up, providing early warning in the event of a fire.

With the "Festival of Lights" just around the corner, everyone needs to embrace the spirit of Diwali while prioritising safety. Individuals and families are encouraged to light up their celebrations in a safe manner by following these professional safety tips. We hope you have a wonderful and safe Diwali!

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