05 November 2018
three people at the festival

Firefighters joined Diwali celebrations in Northampton town centre at the weekend, where they hosted an information stand offering advice and recruitment information.

Members of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service were at the event to share details about the ongoing recruitment of on-call firefighters, as well as handing out leaflets about fire safety for Diwali.

The stand was part of the annual Diwali celebration event which took place in Northampton’s Market Square on Saturday.

Organised by the Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation and supported by Northampton Borough Council, the event included a range of food stalls as well as dancing and activities such as henna painting.

Watch Manager Ashley Tugby said: “We really valued being included in the annual Diwali celebrations in Northampton, which proved to be a really enjoyable occasion.

“We always look for chances to promote the recruitment of on-call firefighters in a variety of different communities, so this was a great opportunity.

“Candles always play a major part in Diwali, the festival of lights, so it also gave us the ideal time to share fire safety information, reminding people how vital it is to keep safe.”

Tips to celebrating Diwali safely

  • Keep pets away from lit candles.
  • Children shouldn’t be left alone with lit candles.
  • Put candles out when you leave the room and make sure they’re put out completely at night.
  • Always place candles well away from curtains and furniture, and always away from draughts.
  • Always place the candle or Diva on a heat resistant surface, in a suitable holder which cannot fall over easily.
  • Remember not to lean across candles, which can easily ignite clothing or hair.
  • Fit a working smoke alarm on each level of your home. Test them monthly.
  • Make sure you and your family know what the escape plan is for your home, in case a fire breaks out.

Visit our home safety area for more fire safety advice.

See our 'On-call firefighters' page for details about on-call recruitment.