Stay safe this Ramadan

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging our local Muslim communities to celebrate Ramadan safely again this year.

The holy month of Ramadan will begins in the UK on the evening of Saturday 2nd April and finish on Sunday 1st May. Our Service is asking people who are celebrating the religious festival to take care when cooking during the early mornings or late at night.

Many Muslim families are expected to fast during daylight hours, not eating or drinking for potentially up to 16 hours a day. They then eat a special meal, called Suhoor, usually, with family members, friends and sometime the wider community just before sunrise and another known as the Iftar, directly after sunset.

Covid-19 has certainly brought unprecedented times and we focussed very much on home safety in 2020 and 2021.

We expect that Ramadan this year will see more people come together, but some people may choose to stay at home, but either way we want to encourage everyone to take on board some key safety information.

It is important that those who are taking part in the religious tradition take extra care when cooking early in the morning or late at night as many fires in the home are started in the kitchen.

A number of hazards exist when cooking, ranging from pans filled with hot oil, loose flowing clothing and distractions such as children in the kitchen area while food is being prepared.

Follow these simple fire safety suggestions to help keep you and your family and friends safe this Ramadan:

  • Never leave your cooking unattended, and take care when deep frying food.

  • Never fill the pan more than one third full of oil. If the oil starts to smoke turn off the heat and leave the pan to cool. NEVER THROW WATER OVER THE PAN.

  • When cooking, take care with long hair and loose clothing

  • Most importantly make sure you have a working smoke alarm, test it regularly and plan an escape route.

  • Finally, if a fire does break out, get out, stay out and call 999.

Lee Shears, Head of Prevention said: "Ramadan is an important time in the Islamic calendar and everyone at Cheshire Fire and Rescue would like to help people observe it safely. By following these few simple precautions, you can greatly reduce the risks to yourself and your family of having a fire in your home.

"I would especially urge those who will be cooking before sunrise and after sunset to ensure they have a working smoke alarm installed on every floor of their home, local mosque or community centre. If there is a fire, a smoke alarm will immediately warn you, giving you and everyone in the building time to escape to safety.

“Ramadan is about connecting to God through worship, reflection, compassion and giving back to others. Please celebrate Ramadan in the safest way possible, especially if you are celebrating at home.”

While Covid-19 has created some challenges, equality and inclusion is at the heart of everything we do at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, and it is really important that the Service is flexible and accommodating of our own staff who will be taking part Ramadan as possible.

Lee Shears added: “I would say Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim staff, their families and the wider Muslim community in Cheshire’”.

Last updated: Tuesday 22 March 2022

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