Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging Muslim communities to ensure they celebrate safely during Ramadan, a month long celebration that starts August 1st.
"People should not leave their cooking unattended and take extra care when cooking with oil, as it easily sets alight."
Community Risk Reduction Officer, Rehana Iqbal
Community Risk Reduction Officer, Rehana Iqbal said: "During Ramadan it is common to have one meal, known as the suhoor, just before sunrise and another, known as the iftar, directly after sunset. This means that a lot of cooking takes place before and after sunrise, so kitchen safety is really important – more than half of fires in the home are caused by cooking accidents.
"In particular people should not leave their cooking unattended and take extra care when cooking with oil, as it easily sets alight. Also ensure you have operating smoke alarms on every floor of your home – test them weekly to make sure they work.
"Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service offer all residents in Staffordshire a free Home Fire Risk Check which involves a member of staff visiting your home and helping to identify any potential fire risks.
"To books yours, simply visit the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service website or call 0800 0241 999 to arrange a suitable time and date for us to come out. Both male and female personnel carry out Home Fire Risk Checks so if you have a personal preference this can be requested when making an appointment."
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have distributed a Ramadan cooking safety poster to Staffordshire’s mosques encouraging families to stay safe and pay attention to their cooking.