Today marks the first day of Ramadan 2020 and the celebration will conclude on May 23rd. This involves Muslims fasting in daylight hours, not eating or drinking for prolonged periods of time.
This means that cooking often takes place before and after sunrise, so kitchen safety is extremely important.
• Take extra care when cooking with oil, as it easily sets alight.
• If using a deep fat frying, only one third of a pan is filled with oil prior to frying food.
• If a pan or wok is smoking excessively, turn off the heat immediately.
• Never throw water on a burning pan, cover with a damp tea-towel and turn off the heat.
• Be very careful with clothing, i.e. make sure head scarves and lose fitting clothes do not come into contact with a naked flame.
• Do not leave cooking unattended.
Ensure you have a working smoke alarm on every floor of your home - test them weekly to make sure they work. Should you feel you are in need of further fire safety advice, please visit our website or you may wish to register for Safe and Well Visit:
During Ramadan, you may also be using a vehicle do for essential journeys. It is worth considering the following to maximize your safety whilst using the road:
• Plan your schedule in Ramadan to sleep well, exercise regularly, and eat your meals at a consistent time.
• Make sure your headlights, rear lights, and signal lights are working properly.
• Clean your windows to remove dirt or dust that could impair your ability to see clearly.
• Always drive within speed limits and ensure you have a safe distance between the car in front when breaking.
• Always wear a seatbelt
• If you're tired pull over immediately in a safe and legal place and take a sleep break.
We know how important Ramadan is to the Muslim community and hope this advice will help to keep you safe during this very important occasion.