The holy month of Ramadan began on the evening of Tuesday 15 May, continuing until the evening of Thursday 14 June.

During this time most Muslims will fast during daylight hours, so cooking and meal preparation usually take place before sunrise and after sunset.

Community safety officer Jo Cook said: "Most domestic fires that Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service attended last year began in the kitchen.

"When preparing food in the early hours of the day, or late in the evening when the sun has gone down, we would ask our Muslim community to take extra care.

"By following a few simple tips, everyone can make sure that they keep their family safe throughout Ramadan." 

  • Be vigilant when frying food in hot oil, as unattended pans can easily overheat and catch light.
  • Dry food before putting it in hot oil to deep fry, and turn off the heat if the oil starts to smoke.
  • Never fill the pan more than one-third full of oil.
  • If a pan begins to smoke, turn off the heat.
  • Never put water on a hot pan.
  • Ensure clothes, including hijabs, do not trail near naked flames.
  • Smoke alarms save lives. Check that the smoke alarms on each level of your home are working.
  • Have an escape plan and check that everyone in the family knows what to do in the event of fire.
  • In the event of a fire in your home, get out, stay out and call the fire and rescue service on 999.