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Celebrate Safely at Eid

"Eid celebrations mean that a lot of cooking takes place so kitchen safety is really important – more than half of fires in the home are caused by cooking accidents."

"Eid celebrations mean that a lot of cooking takes place so kitchen safety is really important – more than half of fires in the home are caused by cooking accidents."

Rehana Iqbal, Community Risk Reduction Officer.

Following a month of fasting, families and their friends celebrate Eid, a feast  in which special foods are prepared.  

Community Risk Reduction Officer, Rehana Iqbal said: “Eid celebrations mean that a lot of cooking takes place 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.

“We also urge women to be extra careful that their clothing – traditionally made from thin floaty fabrics – is kept well away from naked flames. This type of fabric is highly flammable and what was a celebration could too easily turn into a tragedy.” 

She added that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service offered all residents in the county a free Home Fire Risk Check which involved a member of staff visiting their home to help identify any potential fire risks and install free smoke alarms where needed. 

“To book a free check, visit the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service website or call 0800 0241 999 to arrange a suitable time and date. 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,” she added.

Prior to Ramadan, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service distributed cooking safety posters to mosques, schools and fabric and food shops in the county to encourage families to stay safe when celebrating. The information is being reinforced with messages on social media. 

Risk reduction staff also gave fire safety talks at Christchurch Infant School in Burton-on-Trent and Forrest Park Primary school in Stoke-on-Trent.