Happy Diwali – we hope you have a safe and enjoyable time during the festival.

Please remember to take extra precautions when using candles, tea lights or oil lamps by making sure these are not left unattended or around children or pets. In order to keep everyone safe, naked flames are not permitted in the communal areas, such as corridors and stairwells of our buildings because they are a fire risk.

Why aren’t I allowed fires or naked flames in my outdoor space?

If a fire breaks out on your balcony, in your garden or in a communal space, it will spread much faster than inside your flat. This is because there is more oxygen and external conditions – such as wind – to help the fire grow.

Find out more about fire safety

Please read our fire safety pages for other tips and suggestions and enjoy the festivities.

You can also watch our short guide to fire safety in your home to find out more about what we’re doing to make sure our homes and buildings are safe, as well as things you can do to stay fire safe in your home.