Celebrate Ramadan safely

Ramadan 2020 23 April-23 May

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is a time when Muslims the world over look to take part in this important, annual religious event which sees many within our communities fasting between sunrise and sunset. 

Cooking fires are the biggest cause of accidental house fires in the home but for those observing Ramadan, cooking for large groups, at unusual times, especially when combined with fatigue can be extra challenging.

We want to wish all members of the Muslim community well during this very important time but also want to take the opportunity to stress the need to remain vigilant to fire risks in the home during this time too, particularly when it comes to cooking in loose clothing.

This is a really important time in the Islamic calendar, we want to ensure that people stay safe from fire and take into consideration the safety and wellbeing of both themselves and other members of their family.

Ramadan lasts for 30 days and is observed by fasting during daylight hours, with cooking taking place before sunrise or after sunset.

A few fire safety essentials to keep in mind during Ramadan include:

  • Cooking – Around half of all house fires start in the kitchen, so take extra care when cooking, particularly with hot oil – it sets alight easily.
  • Oversized pots – they can be handy when cooking for large groups of people, but using several oversized pots on a gas cooker can cause a build-up of carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.
  • Karrai dishes – avoid filling them more than 1/3 full with oil. When cooking with hot oil be vigilant. If the oil starts to smoke, do not add food. Turn the burner off and allow it to cool.
  • Never throw water on a burning pan – in the event of a fire get out, stay out and call 999.
  • Take extra care with clothing– make sure hijaabs, shalwar, kameez and saris are kept well away from the hob.
  • Keep loose clothing tied back. Clothing ignites easier than you may realise, so ensure scarves or long sleeves are a safe distance away from the hob. You should also ensure tea towels, cloths or electrical leads are a safe distance away from hobs also.
  • Have a working smoke alarm on every floor of your home – test them weekly to make sure they work.
    • Do you have one?
    • Is it working?
    • Do you know what to do if it goes off?
    • Does the rest of your family or friends know what to do?

Having a working smoke alarm is a great start to being fire safety conscious in the home but it is vital everyone who is staying with you knows what to do if it goes off too. So plan and practise your escape route - and make sure everyone in your household knows what to do in the event of a fire in your home.

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