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Stay safe while celebrating Diwali this year

Date: 6th November, 2023

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to make sure everyone stays safe while celebrating Diwali this year.

Diwali is known as ‘festival of the lights’ and it leads to an increase in the use of divas or oil lamps. It is believed that light signifies goodness; therefore, various lamps are burnt throughout the day and into the night to ward off darkness and evil. The festival also features fireworks.

By taking a few simple precautions, anyone celebrating Diwali on 12 November can make sure that they keep themselves and their families as safe as possible.

The Fire & Rescue Service has some useful advice:

Prevention Delivery Manager Vikki Thomas said: “We want everyone to have an enjoyable Diwali and stay safe at the same time. Sadly, we have had fires in the past caused by Diwali candles and daisy-chained extension cables that have caused real devastation. By following our advice, you can keep your family and home as safe as possible from the risks posed by fire.”

More advice on staying safe this Diwali can be found at www.dwfire.org.uk/diwali

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