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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire Service Receives Support from Ethnic Minority Groups

11/08/2011

Mr John Singh and Ian Pullen

Firefighters in East Staffordshire have been promoting free Home Fire Risk Checks for members of the community who observe the holy period of Ramadan.

"During Ramadan a lot of cooking takes place before and after sunrise, so kitchen safety is really important."

East Staffordshire Risk Reduction Manager, Ian Pullen

Crews have visited local Mosques and shops handing out ‘Don’t Just Cook Look’ posters and leaflets, which have the freephone telephone number on to book a free Home Fire Risk Check.

Firefighters have so far had a positive response to the campaign and have already carried out a number of free Home Fire Risk Checks, including one at Mr John Singh’s home, who manages the All Saints Road J D Foodstore in Burton.

Mr Singh said: "I am happy to support Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service with this initiative. I didn’t have any smoke alarms fitted in my home so was keen to take up the offer of a free Home Fire Risk Check.

"The firefighters came around last week to carry out the check and also fitted me two smoke alarms free of charge and reminded me to make sure I test them weekly so that I know they work."

East Staffordshire Risk Reduction Manager, Ian Pullen said: "During Ramadan 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.

"Anyone who hasn’t already had a free Home Fire Risk Check can call us now on 0800 0241 999 and we can arrange a suitable date and time to come out to you."

Firefighters in East Staffordshire are also now equipped with a language help book which features fire safety advice in English, Punjabi, Urdu, Polish, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Russian.

The booklet serves as an aid to members of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service carrying out Home Fire Risk Checks in the home of someone who doesn’t speak or understand English.

Accompanying photographs also help to demonstrate the dangers of fire in the home and help to build relationships with non-English speaking members of the East Staffordshire communities.