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Firefighters Boost Community Relations

An event tailored to educate Burton's Sikh community to potential fire risks in the home has been hailed a resounding success.

On Sunday members of the Risk Reduction Team at Burton Fire Station attended St Chads Community Centre to address the Sikh Association on matters of fire safety.

"Working closely with Burton's Sikh community on such matters is a priority for us and this was the start of a programme of events we hope will help to raise awareness of fire safety."

Anjum Riaz, Risk Reduction Officer

A demonstration of a chip pan fire raised topical debate while firefighters spoke to adults and children about the importance of vigilance around candles, clothing and religious celebrations.

Risk Reduction Officer, Anjum Riaz, said: "With Festivals like Diwali and Lohri, which takes place next month, there is a lot of cooking and this was our chance to educate people to the fire dangers associated with preparing food.

"Working closely with Burton's Sikh community on such matters is a priority for us and this was the start of a programme of events we hope will help to raise awareness of fire safety."

On the back of Sunday’s event Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has taken bookings for eight Home Fire Risk Checks. Ranjit Bachada, secretary for The Sikh Association, said the event proved a very worthwhile exercise for all concerned. "

The chip pan demonstration in particular was very valuable as it raised a number of issues which people were not aware of," she said.

"A lot of what people learned about fire safety on Sunday will be fed into events like Lohri."