Stay safe this Diwali

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service would like to make sure everyone stays safe when they celebrate Diwali, starting on November 13 this year. Here's some simple advice:

Make sure all candles are in a safe and secure holder and that all tea candles are placed on a heat resistant surface.

Keep candles away from soft furnishings, including curtains, and out of the reach of young children.

Special care should be taken with home made decorated candles and Diva lamps to ensure that the flame does not come into contact with anything which could catch light.

Candles should not be left unattended.

Ensure that all fireworks meet British safety standards, store them in a metal box, read the instructions, never go back to a lit firework and keep a bucket of water nearby. - If cooking during the festival do not leave cooking unattended.