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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Celebrate Eid Safely

18/09/2009

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging the Muslim community to celebrate Eid safely this weekend.

In particular the Service is encouraging people to consider kitchen safety as traditionally a lot of cooking takes place during the Eid celebrations.

Rehana Iqbal, Risk Reduction officer said: “It is extremely important to take extra care in the kitchen as this is where many accidental house fires are started. Women in particular are at risk due to the flowing fabrics they wear, these can quite easily catch fire under the grill or over the cooker.”

"It is extremely important to take extra care in the kitchen as this is where many accidental house fires are started."

Rehana Iqbal, Risk Reduction officer

Top Kitchen Safety Tips:
• Leave pans off the heat if you have to leave the room.
• If a saucepan does catch fire you should never throw water onto it, instead call 999.
• Keep electric leads, tea towels and cloths away from the cooker.
• Keep the oven, hob and grill clean. A build up of fat can easily catch fire.
• When you’ve finished cooking make sure the cooker or oven is turned off.
• Do not use lighters or matches to light gas cookers. Spark devices are safer.