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Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service Highlight The Importance Of Keeping Safe During Ramadan

26/May/2017

With the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan beginning on Friday evening, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) would like to remind people of the increased fire risks in the home during this period.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar in which the holy book – the Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad.  During Ramadan, Muslims fast during daylight hours and only eat and drink from dusk until dawn.  Because of this, cooking and meal preparation usually takes place before sunrise and after sunset, meaning that Muslims will be preparing food late at night and very early in the morning.  As time goes on and as fatigue becomes more prominent, accidents could occur more easily.

With this in mind, DFRS would like to share some relevant safety messages to help you have a safe and blessed month of Ramadan. 

When cooking during Ramadan, you should make sure that you:

  • Never leave cooking unattended, especially if you feel tired.
  • Take extra care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
  • Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out otherwise these could be easily knocked off the stove.
  • Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily.
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – they can easily catch fire. If this happens, remember to Stop, Drop and Roll.
  • Double check your cooker is off when you have finished cooking.
  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.

Prior to the month of Ramadan, you should also ensure you:

  • Make an escape plan and practice it. This will help ensure everyone knows the procedure in case of a fire.
  • Keep all escape routes clear, this will minimise the chance of tripping or falling whilst exiting your home in an emergency.
  • Keep door and window keys in a known and accessible place so these can be found quickly in the event of a fire.
  • Have a bedtime routine of switching everything off and closing all the doors.
  • Have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home. This means smoke will reach your alarm much quicker, giving you and your family those vital extra seconds to Get Out, Stay Out and call 999.

Prevention and Inclusion Station Manager Richard Wort said, “Ramadan is a time of great importance but it is also a time in which everyone should be extra vigilant when cooking, especially if they’re feeling tired or fatigued.  It is also essential procedures are in place to give families the best possible chance of escape, if the unthinkable was to happen.

“Planning a safe escape route and having working smoke alarms installed on every level of the home gives you the best possible chance of escaping a fire, allowing you to Get Out, Stay Out and Call 999.”

For more information on home fire safety, please visit www.derbys-fire.gov.uk/keeping-safe/

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