Bradford families celebrating the Hindu festival of lights are being urged to heed fire safety advice during Diwali.

Sheila Merrill, from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said: “Diwali is a time for celebration and RoSPA wants families to enjoy themselves but to also stay safe.

“As this is the festival of lights, many candles, oil lamps and fireworks will be used, so please take note of advice to prevent fires and injuries, particularly in the home. Candles should always be used in proper holders or secure containers as tealights can easily burn through a surface.

“Most importantly, don’t leave any candles and oil lamps burning unattended, especially near curtains and soft furnishings, and always make sure you put them out before going to bed as that is when a fire often takes hold with devastating results.”