On this page you will find some useful tips and advice to help you celebrate Eid, Navratri and Diwali safely. You can also view and download the full Celebrate Safely leaflet here.

For more safety information, important contact numbers and links and the calendar of events, visit our Other Information page.

At home


  • Never fill more than one third of your cooking pan with oil
  • If the oil starts to smoke, turn off the heat and leave it to cool
  • Never leave your cooking pans unattended with the heat switched on
  • If a fire does start don’t try to fight it yourself. Get out stay out, and call 999

Visit the cooking page for more in depth information.

Candles and divas

  • Use only enough ghee or oil for a diva to last your puja
  • If you need to leave a diva, candle or nightlight unattended, make sure it is resting securely on a surface that will not melt or burn
  • Keep the flame at a safe distance from curtains, decorations and clothing at all times

Visit the candles and divas page for more in depth information.

Out and about


  • When you go out lock your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a short time
  • Use a timer switch for lights and a radio to make it look like someone is at home

Protect yourself

  • Be aware of what is happening around you and trust your instincts
  • If you feel unsafe change direction and go somewhere you feel safer and are more visible to other people
  • Avoid wearing headphones or talking on mobile phones as this can distract you
  • Keep your purse or valuables inside a zipped compartment in your bag. Always keep your bag closed and close to you

Protect your belongings

  • Be discreet with your valuables, money and mobile phone and make sure it is not on show
  • If you’re wearing jewellery like a necklace, cover it with a scarf
  • Never leave anything on display in your car, whether it’s an expensive laptop or just some loose change. Even items of clothing can attract thieves as they may think that there will be money in the pockets
  • Lock your car at all times, even if you leave it for a few seconds


If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood call the police on 101 to report it.