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Watch that flame

Avinesh Gopal
Monday, November 12, 2012

THE countdown to the much anticipated festival in the Hindu calendar is almost over.

With the Hindu festival of lights Diwali, as it is commonly known, celebrated tomorrow, there will be a lot of activities in many Hindu homes.

Since the festival has got much to do with firecrackers and lights, the biggest threat that exists is that of fire, especially in the homes.

The National Fire Authority says it is important that extra care must be taken to avoid fire incidents happening in their homes during Diwali celebrations.

NFA's chief executive officer John O'Connor said fire incidents during Diwali could occur as a result of carelessness, negligence and ignorance.

"Observing some very simple precautions can prevent fires and we urge members of the community to take extra care especially when cooking food as any form of distraction can lead to a fire incident," he said.

"Furthermore, extra care must be taken when lighting firecrackers, candles, prayer diya and these have to be put out completely after use or prior to going to sleep on Diwali night."

Mr O'Connor said parents and guardians should teach children that firecrackers could be dangerous if adequate precautions were not taken.

He said an adult should be present when children were playing with firecrackers.

"Diwali is a festival to be enjoyed by all, so celebrate in a manner that does not cause inconvenience or harm to your neighbour," he said.