12 November 2012
Fire service wishes a happy and safe Diwali
Strathclyde Fire & Rescue issues advice to help people
enjoy the Festival of Lights in safety.
Strathclyde Fire & Rescue is wishing members of the area's
Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities a happy and safe Diwali, with
advice to help anyone celebrating the Festival of Lights prevent
One of the most important features on the Hindu calendar, Diwali
sees families gather to mark the triumph of good over evil,
knowledge over ignorance and light over darkness. This year's
festival starts tomorrow (Tuesday, November 13) and runs for five
days, with many residents celebrating by decorating their homes
with lamps and candles.
Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay, Director of Community
Safety at Strathclyde Fire & Rescue, said: "We want everyone
marking Diwali to enjoy their celebrations, stay safe and minimise
the risk of fire. Taking some simple steps will help ensure the
festival is remembered for all the right reasons.
"The advice is to always be careful when using candles or Diya
lamps, making sure they are kept in a safe and secure holder, with
all tea-light candles placed on a heat-resistant surface. Keep them
out of the reach of young children and away from soft furnishings,
curtains or anything that can catch fire.
"They should never be left unattended and special care should be
taken with home-made candles and Diyas. It's important to remember
that long hair and clothing - especially saris, chunris, chunis and
dupattas - are also very flammable."
Like many celebrations, Diwali often sees people cook special
meals for their family and friends, and the fire service wants
residents to stay safe in the kitchen. People are urged never to
leave pots and pans unattended and to make sure their home has at
least one working smoke alarm.
ACO Ramsay added: "If you don't have a smoke alarm please use
this festival as the ideal opportunity to get one. This will give
you the early warning required to get out of the property
"The fire service has no better ally than the community and we
want everyone to join the fight against fire. If you or someone you
know - perhaps an elderly or vulnerable friend, relative or
neighbour - could benefit from some free fire safety advice, then
please get in touch.
"Strathclyde Fire & Rescue is offering free Home Fire Safety
Visits to everyone in the area. We need active citizens who will
help us protect their communities from fire."
For a free Home Fire Safety Visit, all you have to do is call
the Home Fire Safety Hotline on 0800 0731 999, or text "check" to
61611. You can also get in touch by calling your local community
fire station and more information is available on the Strathclyde
Fire & Rescue website, at www.strathclydefire.org.