Eid al-Fitr is an Islamic celebration held each year to mark the end of Ramadan.
This celebration is a joyful time for families and friends to come together and break their fasts. It is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide, including many people in our Lancashire communities.
Breaking fasts together with family and friends is central to Eid al-Fitr. But with feasting comes cooking. This is a potential safety issue since cooking accounts for over half of all accidental dwelling fires in our county.
At Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, we want you to have a safe and happy Eid al-Fitr. This Eid, please take extra care when cooking and celebrating the end of the fast.
Brush up on your fire safety knowledge with our tips for enjoying a safe and happy Eid!
Eid Safety Tips
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is pleased to provide the following safety tips.
These straightforward tips are perfect for families to keep in mind at all times, but are particularly handy during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations:
- Ensure you have working smoke alarms on each level of your home.
- Test your smoke alarms regularly to ensure they are operational.
- Take extra care around naked flames when wearing loose-fitting clothing.
- If clothing catches fire, remember to stop, drop, and roll.
- Never leave cooking or candles unattended.
- Be wary of hot oil and never fill oil pans up higher than 1/3 full.
- Plan out escape routes in case of fire, and make sure everyone knows them.
If a fire does break out during Eid celebrations, do not try to tackle it yourself. Instead, get everyone out, stay out and call the emergency services on 999. This is very important – unfortunately, we see many nasty injuries every year where people try to extinguish the fire themselves.
Did you know? There are more than 20 fat pan fires in the United Kingdom every day.
Road Safety During Ramadan & Eid al-Fitr
Road safety is always a major concern in Lancashire. This is very important during Eid al-Fitr. That’s why we would like to now reiterate some key road safety messages.
In recent years, there has been an increasing trend amongst young Asian drivers in hiring high-performance vehicles. This combination of inexperienced drivers and powerful cars has resulted in serious injuries and deaths from road collisions in the past.
Please think twice before hiring high-performance vehicles for inexperienced drivers to use. If you are planning to hire a vehicle, be mindful of engines that may be much more powerful than those you are accustomed to.
As always, please continue to:
- Follow all speed limits.
- Respect road laws, including wearing your seatbelt.
- Follow the Highway Code.
Thank you to everyone who follows our safety guidance. Eid Mubarak!
Enjoy Eid Safely
We hope you have a fantastic time celebrating and feasting with your loved ones. By following our top safety tips, you can ensure everyone enjoys Eid in the safest way possible.
Please call Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service today on 01772 862 545 for more information.