AS the week-long Krishna Asthmi celebrations commence, the National Fire Authority advises members of the community to be mindful of fire safety.
"It is important for members of the community to be mindful of fire safety during such celebrations to avoid a fire disaster which can occur due to improper placement of prayer diya, candles and lanterns" NFA CEO John O'Connor said.
Members of the community are urged to take extra care when using prayer diya, lanterns, candles, and matches.
"Prayer diya, candles and lanterns should be put in a plate which should be placed away from flammable materials such as curtains or beddings." Mr O'Connor said.
"In the past there have been incidences where these items have caused home fires and we do not want any family to go through a painful experience of losing their home in a fire."
Community members are also urged to check and secure their homes before leaving.
"Always remember to check your home properly to ensure all fire ignition sources are put out and electrical and cooking appliances are put out properly."
The NFA is really concerned with the increasing number of home fires and do not want one to happen during important celebrations.