Fire service issues safety advice after woman suffers serious injuries when clothes catch fire

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is issuing safety advice after a Bradford woman suffered serious burns when her traditional shalwar kameez caught fire whilst cooking.

The incident occurred on May 29 at 14:25 in Bradford, when a woman was cooking food for her small children and her clothing caught fire, causing her to sustain very serious burns. She remains in hospital and is receiving specialist care for her injuries.

Following this incident WYFRS would like to raise awareness of the potential danger for clothing to catch fire whilst cooking.

It is essential that people always take extra care when cooking in their home and particularly at times when they are tired or fatigued.

IF YOUR CLOTHING CATCHES FIRE remember to:

STOP              Movement may fan the flames or hamper those attempting to put the fire out
DROP             ‘Drop’ to the ground, lying down if possible, covering your face with your hands
&
ROLL             Roll on the ground repeatedly in order to extinguish the fire by depriving it of oxygen

Area Manager for Fire Safety Chris Kirby said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the lady involved in this awful incident and we extend our sympathy and prayers to her and her family.”

“Ramadan is a time of great importance for Muslims but it is also a time in which everyone should be extra vigilant when cooking, especially if they’re feeling tired or fatigued by the end of a full day of fasting.

“Our aim is to make people aware of their surroundings and to ensure that they are actively thinking about fire safety in the home. By following a few simple tips you can make sure that you and your family stay safe throughout Ramadan.”

WYFRS wish the Muslim communities of West Yorkshire and of the UK, a blessed Ramadan Mubarak and issue advice on how to keep safe during this time.

Safety tips to avoid a fire:

  • Take extra care when cooking with oil, as it can easily set alight
  • If deep fat frying, fill only one third of a pan with oil prior to frying food
  • If a pan or wok is smoking excessively, turn off the heat
  • Never throw water on a burning pan. Turn off the heat and cover with a damp tea towel
  • Be very careful with clothing, i.e. make sure head scarves etc do not come into contact with a naked light
  • NEVER leave cooking unattended

As with any important occasion, it is likely the numbers of people visiting and spending time in places of worship like mosques will increase.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has produced useful guidance to assist mosque leaders maintain their fire safety strategy during this period.

The legislation which governs fire safety and which is applicable to mosques is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Staff / executive management committee members/ people in charge should be aware of their duties and follow through with them. These include:

  • Having an up-to-date evacuation plan
  • Train fire marshals carry out fire drills to prepare for any real evacuation
  • Remove sources of ignition, where possible
  • Identity vulnerable points in and around the building

Alarms should be regularly tested and firefighting equipment ready to use at all times ‘Places of worship’ should not be used for sleeping unless they have a suitable means of escape and an adequate fire alarm system. This would be covered in the risk assessment

For further information please visit www.westyorksfire.gov.uk or contact the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Business Support Team on 01133875713

Ensure you have a working smoke alarm on each floor of your home. To see if you are eligible for a ‘Safe & Well’ visit please visit our website or call 0800 587 45 36.

Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim colleagues and members of the community – and please keep yourself and your family safe!