West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) would like to wish the Muslim communities of West Yorkshire ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ and offer them support and advice as they observe the holy period of Ramadan.
During Ramadan, a period of fasting is often observed during daylight hours, meaning cooking takes place before sunrise and after sunset.
It is essential that people always take extra care when cooking in their home and particularly at times when they are tired or fatigued.
Area Manager for Fire Safety Chris Kirby said: “Ramadan is a time of great importance for Muslims but it is also a time where everyone should be extra vigilant when cooking, especially if they’re feeling fatigued by the end of a full day of fasting.”
“By following our safety advice and taking a few simple precautions, you can make sure that you and your family stay safe throughout this holy period.”
Safety tips to avoid a fire:
- NEVER leave cooking unattended
- Be very careful when wearing loose clothing, i.e. make sure head scarves etc. do not come into contact with a naked flame
- Take extra care when cooking with oil, as it can easily set alight
- When cooking with hot oils, do not allow the oil to fill more than one third of a pan
- If a pan is smoking excessively, turn off the heat
- Never throw water on a burning pan. Turn off the heat if safe to do so, exit the kitchen and call 999
- Ensure you have a working smoke alarm on each floor of your home
If your clothing catches fire:
STOP If you panic and move about, your clothes could burn faster.
DROP ‘Drop’ to the ground, lying down if possible, covering your face with your hands.
ROLL Roll on the ground repeatedly to put the fire out.
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