South Yorkshire fire chiefs issue safety warning ahead of Islamic festival

Firefighters have issued a safety warning ahead of Ramadan

Firefighters have issued a safety warning ahead of Ramadan

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Fire chiefs are calling on South Yorkshire’s Muslim communities to take extra care ahead of one of the most important periods in the Islamic calendar.

They claim that the risk of house fires increases during Ramadan, which begins on Tuesday, June 7.

Ramadan lasts for 30 days and is observed by fasting during daylight hours, with cooking taking place before sunrise or after sunset.

Head of community safety, Trevor Bernard, said: “We recognise this is a really important time in the Islamic calendar, but want to make sure people observe it safely.

"In particular, people should take extra care to keep an eye on their cooking, as fasting could leave you feeling tired and more likely to become distracted or have an accident.

“Smoke alarms are the best way of making sure that if a fire does occur, you have the vital extra minutes to escape. So make sure smoke alarms are fitted on every level of your home and test them regularly.

“It’s also vital that if the smoke alarms do sound, everyone in the house knows what to do and knows how to escape, so talk this through with your family and loved ones.”

For more fire safety information visit www.syfire.gov.uk