A new campaign aimed at educating people on how to celebrate safely during the forthcoming season of festivities was launched today.
Tens of thousands of people across the region will be marking Bonfire Night, Halloween and Diwali during October and November.
Celebrate Safely is being run across Leicester and Leicestershire to share important safety messages.
The launch took place at Sandfield Close Primary School, Rushey Mead, where the children were shown a short fire safety demonstration by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.
The campaign is being run in conjunction with Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Leicestershire Police along with Crimestoppers, and will include a programme of school visits throughout October and November, as well as information stands in local shopping centres.
People are being reminded to:
• Lock all doors and windows when leaving home
• Leave a light on to make their home look occupied even they’re out
• Only use enough oil or ghee in a diva candle to last during the puja
• Ensure cooking pans are not overfilled with oil (not more than a third full)
• Cover necklaces or other expensive jewellery with a scarf
• Stay alert and aware of what is happening around them at events
Leicester assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services, Cllr Kirk Master, said: “There are some wonderful events taking place in Leicester at this time of the year, and while we want people to take part and enjoy themselves, its also important that they stay safe.
“This campaign involves easy to remember safety messages, to help ensure that people can make the most of these celebrations while securing their personal safety and that of their property.”