POLICE have beefed-up patrols to all residential areas in the Northern Division to monitor the use of firecrackers.
Deputy divisional police commander northern Senior Superintendent of Police Fulori Rainibogi yesterday said while the officers would be operating normal patrols, they would pay extra attention to the use of firecrackers, especially by children.
"We will strictly monitor the use of crackers and we want the public to use such items within the celebration time-frame," she said.
"This is a nationwide operation and we are urging members of the public to report if they see people abusing the deadlines of 5pm to 12 midnight on Diwali day."
SSP Rainibogi has also urged celebrants to refrain from aiming firecrackers at houses, vehicles and other properties because it would cause mishaps.
"We will be working closely with relevant agencies to ensure a safe Diwali celebration for everyone.
"Those caught violating the rules and regulations of the festival would face the full brunt of the law," said SSP Rainibogi.
National Fire Authority chief executive officer John O'Connor has pleaded with members of the public to be more vigilant and extra careful with firecrackers this season.
"We reiterate the need for public to use firecrackers with caution," he said.