Bollywood stars Dharmendra and Sunny Deol record online crime prevention and fire safety message
Two Bollywood stars have recorded crime prevention and fire safety messages to help keep people safe during a major religious festival.
Dharmendra Deol and son Sunny recorded an on-line message each while they were filming their latest movie, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (Mad Madder Maddest 2) in Leicester.
The men made the recordings to support this year's Diwali Safety Campaign, organised by Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Leicester City Council.
Chief Superintendent Rob Nixon, commander of policing in the city, said: "We are honoured that these two leading Bollywood actors have taken the time to record video messages in support of our campaign.
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I understand that Sunny Deol has links with both the city and county as his wife is from Rutland and his children were both born in Leicester.
"We are proud that Leicester hosts one of the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India and we look forward to the lights switch on this weekend. "However, whilst we want everyone to enjoy this special time of the year with family and friends, we also want them to take a few simple safety measures. "We hope these video messages will encourage people to follow the advice from the police and fire and rescue service to ensure their Diwali celebrations pass safely and crime free."
Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer Steve Lunn said: "This year we have looked for champions of the community to help us to spread our safety messages to the biggest audience possible, and who better to help us than two of Bollywood's action legends." He added: "By following our simple safety tips you will have the peace of mind to enjoy everything the celebrations have to offer."
- Never overfill your karahi with oil. If the oil starts to smoke, turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
- Never leave your karahi unattended with the heat switched on.
- Use only enough ghee for a diva to last your puja.
- If you do need to leave a diva, candle or nightlight unattended, ensure that it rests securely on a surface which will not melt or burn.
- At all times keep the flame at a safe distance from curtains, decorations or clothing.
- Be discreet with your valuables and money and when wearing jewellery ensure it is not on show, perhaps covering it with a scarf.
- Be aware of what is happening around you and trust your instincts – if you feel unsafe change your direction and go where you feel safer and are more visible to other people.
- When you go out, make sure you lock your doors and windows – even if you are going out for a short time.
- Consider using a timer switch for lights and a radio if you go out in the evening or overnight.
If you see anybody in your neighbourhood acting suspiciously call the Police on 101. If you believe a crime is being committed please dial 999. Police are sending 10,000 Diwali greetings cards to homes in the Belgrave and Rushey Mead areas to underline the message. They are also visiting community centres and places of worship in other areas of the city to reiterate the advice.