South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue is once again calling on people across the county to take extra care today (Wednesday 7 November) and over the coming days as they celebrate Diwali.
With many families coming together, to celebrate what is one of the biggest dates in the religious calendar, comes an added risk due to the increased use of candles, divas, tealights and fireworks. The cooking of special meals can also bring additional dangers.
The service’s top five tips for Diwali, all of which involve taking very simple precautions, are:
- Always place divas/diyas, tea lights and candles on heat-resistant surfaces and well away from curtains and decorations.
- Children and pets should be supervised at all times near flames.
- Don’t let yourself get distracted – never leave cooking unattended.
- If a pan with oil in it catches fire, don’t move it and don’t throw water over it. Get out of the kitchen, close the door behind you and call 999.
- Ensure that all fireworks meet British safety standards and never go back to one once it is lit.
“This is a really important time for so many people across South Yorkshire, and we’re really keen that everyone observes it and enjoys it safely,” said Area Manager Steve Helps.
“Our main advice focuses on candle safety, simply keeping them away from flammable materials, such as curtains and clothes, and of course children, can make a big difference.”