South Yorkshire fire chiefs issue safety warning for Ramadan

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Fire chiefs in South Yorkshire are urging Muslim communities to take extra care over one of the most important periods of the year in the Islamic calendar.

They fear there could be an increased risk of fires breaking out during Ramadan, which begins on Saturday.

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

South Yorkshire’s Head of Community Safety, Kevin Ronan, said: “We recognise this is a really important time in the Islamic calendar, but want to make sure people observe it safely. In particular,

people should take extra care to keep an eye on their cooking, as fasting could leave you feeling tired and more likely to become distracted or have an accident.

“Smoke alarms are the best way of making sure that if a fire does occur, you have the vital extra minutes to escape. So make sure smoke alarms are fitted on every level of your home and test them


“It’s also vital that if the smoke alarms do sound, everyone in the house knows what to do and knows how to escape, so talk this through with your family and loved ones.

“Half of all house fires start in the kitchen, so take extra care when cooking, particularly with hot oil – it sets alight easily.

“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 hijabs shalwar, kameez and saris are kept well away from the hob.

“Practice escape routes- and make sure every member of your family knows it well.

“Have a working smoke alarm on every floor of your home and test them weekly to make sure they work.”