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Brigade's tips as community celebrates Diwali.

CLEVELAND Fire Brigade is urging families looking forward to celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali to be aware of the increased fire risk to their homes and to take extra care during the celebrations.

Diwali, the "festival of lights" takes place tomorrow, and is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.

Dave Turton, head of community safety for the fire brigade, said: "This religious festival is a busy time, as families and friends get together and symbolic candles are lit. "All of these ingredients increase the risk of fire in homes as it is easy to get distracted with all of the festivities going on."

As a result, Cleveland Fire Brigade is appealing for people to follow their safety advice during the celebrations.

The tips are: Treat the Diva (candle) as you |would any other flame; Use only enough ghee (clari-|fied butter) to last your Puja (worship); | Place it in a suitable fire resist-|ant candleholder and do not leave it unattended; Keep the flame a safe distance |from curtains, furniture or decorations at all times. Long hair and clothing are also very flammable;Treat fireworks with great caution.

Only buy fireworks marked |with British Safety Standard BS7114; Always follow the firework |code -; Keep fireworks and candles | out of the reach of children and ensure they are supervised at all times; If cooking deep-fried food, |stand by your pan - never leave it unattended; Dry your food before placing it |in the hot oil; If the oil starts to smoke, turn |off the heat and leave the pan to cool; Never fill the pan more than |one-third full of oil; If your pan catches fire, never |throw water over it and get out, stay out and call 999.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 22, 2014
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