IT is the beginning of a new year and the National Fire Authority is continuing to reiterate its message of keeping safe during the festive season.
"There will be a lot of celebrations and it is important that members of the community take precautionary fire safety measures to avoid fire incidents at home," said NFA chief executive John O'Connor.
In a statement, the authority highlighted the need for people to be cautious about leaving their houses without double-checking lit fires.
"Homeowners are advised to take heed of fire safety measures such as before going out to church or leaving their property vacant during new year holiday," he said.
"Members of the community should be mindful of fire safety tips with the use of fire crackers to welcome the new year."
Mr O'Connor noted the role fire crackers had played in the past with regards to fire ignitions.
"Improper handling of fire crackers have caused many home fires and we do not want such mistakes to be repeated which could cause fires.
"Parents should keep a watchful eye on their children especially with the use of fire crackers, matches, lighters and candles."
Mr O'Connor concluded by warning members of the public to be mindful also of candles and coils.
"Candles and mosquito coils should be placed in a safe position away from flammable material and out of reach of children. Extinguish them before going to bed or leaving their home."