December 8 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Firefighters have issued guidance on fireworks and candles used in the religious ceremony of Diwali, the festival of lights.
Diwali, which takes place on Sunday, involves the lighting of lamps and firecrackers, and is statistically linked to increased fire risk.
“It is ironic and tragic that during periods of celebration there is often an increase in the number of fires amongst many communities,” said a spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue.
“It’s not only Diwali, we also see an increase at Christmas - don’t let safety come second to celebration.”
Residents celebrating the festival on Sunday are being urged to ensure they have a working fore alarm installed on every floor of their home, to place candles firmly in proper holders, keep them away from children, pets, or flammable materials and to extinguish them fully before leaving a room.
With all of the extra cooking associated with such festivities, households are also advised to take care with hot oil, avoid distractions and turn off unattended hobs or ovens.
Those celebrating with fireworks have also been reminded to use them safely and responsibly and to follow the firework code.
“A happy and safe Diwali is being wished to all Hindu, Jain and Sikh residents by Suffolk Fire and Rescue, as you prepare for your festivities,” a spokesman said.