Families are being urged to take extra care in the kitchen as the festival of Eid gets underway.

During the coming week residents across Lancashire will be celebrating Eid and during this time there are large family get togethers. Ahead of the month of Ramadan the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service shared simple tips to help improve fire safety in homes.

People are now being reminded of the dangers ahead of the Eid festival which is taking place during the school holidays later this week.

The fire service said ‘cooking using deep oil can be more hazardous than other methods of cooking.

‘Keep a close eye on the temperature to avoid flare-ups. If your oil begins to smoke, turn down the heat and wait for it to cool down.’

Those cooking were urged to 'avoid filling any karahi dishes higher than a third with oil. Be extra vigilant when cooking with hot oil. If it starts to smoke, don’t add food. Instead, turn off the gas and allow it to cool on its own.

'Oversized pots – these can be handy when cooking for larger groups, but can cause a build-up of deadly carbon monoxide gas. Be mindful of cooking using oversized pots.'

Asian Image: During the coming week residents across Lancashire will be celebrating Eid and during this time

The advice adds: ‘Since cooking fires are the biggest cause of accidental dwelling fires in the county, it is especially important to cook carefully during Ramadan each year.

‘Another consideration is loosely-fitted clothing. It has been known to present a hazard around naked flames and gas hobs.

‘When cooking, please consider wearing tighter clothing or at least carefully drawing back fabrics well away from any heat sources.’

Drivers were also warned over road safety.

The fire service said: “In recent years, there has been an increasing trend amongst young 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 and follow the Highway Code.”

You can read more about the advice and tips on the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service website.