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Ramadan Fire Safety

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar where Muslims all over the world restrain from food and drink, from dawn until dusk and engaging sexual relationships. It is said that Muslims will fast for up to 16 hours per day, which is then followed by one main meal before sunrise known as the Suhoor, and another directly after sunset, known as the Iftar.

People that are exempt from fasting include:

  • Young children
  • Pregnant women
  • The elderly
  • Unwell
  • Travellers

During the month of Ramadan, it does not just involve fasting. Many Muslims will get involved in a number of prayers, charity events, uniting and strengthening family ties.  As well as rekindling with family, it is encouraged to look out for neighbours, friends and distant family members that will be seeing this time of the year alone. It is important to share food and share the experience together.

Following on from Ramadan is Eid Al-Fitr. A celebratory day where Muslim families far and wide gather together to celebrate the end of the long monthly fast.

Cooking Safety Tips

With food preparations taking place throughout the day, however mostly during after and before sunrise, it is vital to be vigilant and safe in the kitchen. Take simple precautions and think before you act as this can hugely reduce the risk of a fire starting, protecting you and the family.

Please remember it only takes one accident to cause a fire, so follow these cooking safety tips:

  • Take extra care when cooking with oil, as it easily sets alight
  • If deep fat frying, only one third of a pan is filled with oil prior to frying food
  • If a pan or wok is smoking excessively, turn off the heat
  • Never throw water on a burning pan, cover with a damp tea-towel and turn off the heat
  • Be very careful with loose clothing and ensure it does not come into contact with a naked flame
  • Do not leave cooking unattended

Smoke Alarm Testing

Smoke alarms are a must when it comes to fire safety. Having a smoke alarm on every level of your house will protect everyone when a fire occurs. It is important to test the smoke alarm(s) regularly, and to replace the battery, if it hasn’t been changed in the last six months.

Find more information about smoke alarms.

Road Safety

When travelling to family and friends’ homes, especially on Eid Al-Fitr please think twice when driving. It is commonly known for young Asian drivers to hire high performing vehicles. When driving these cars remember to drive them responsibly and to always abide by speeding limits. Inexperienced drivers and powerful cars can result into serious road traffic collisions impact individuals, however others on the road too.

When driving please take care and remember:

  • Follow all speed limits.
  • Respect road laws, including wearing your seatbelt.
  • Follow the Highway Code.

 

For more information of guidance for young and new drivers

From everyone at Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service we wish all Bedfordshire Muslim communities well and we hope you enjoy celebrating Eid with all your family and friends. Please remember to take precautions during meal preparations and think twice.

 

 

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