ESSEX County Fire and Rescue Service would like to wish the Muslim communities of Essex ‘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.
Head of Community Safety Andrea MacAlister 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 tired 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.”
Half of all house fires start in the kitchen, please read the below advice to help you stay safe while cooking:
– Never leave cooking unattended
– Dry deep-fried food before putting it in hot oil and turn off the heat if the oil starts to smoke. Never fill the pan more than one-third full of oil and never throw water over the pan
– Make you have a working smoke alarm. If there is a fire it will give everyone in your home time to escape to safety. Test it your smoke alarms regularly
– Make sure you make an escape plan for in the event of a fire and ensure everyone in the house knows what to do
– In the event of a fire in your home get out, stay out and call the fire service
Celebrating at home
While Ramadan is usually a time to gather with family and in the community during prayer, the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions prevent visitors to your home and travel outside of the home.
Many faith groups are holding virtual sessions and your Mosque will be able to help you celebrate Ramadan together in the current climate.