Posted on August 14, 2011

The holy month of Ramadan is a time of celebration and prayer. While it's wonderful to spend time with family and friends, citizens and residents are reminded to keep safety a priority.


Traffic Safety

The Ministry of Interior is cautioning all drivers against rushing home for Iftar. A high volume of vehicles are on the road around sunset, making passengers and pedestrians more vulnerable to traffic accidents. Due to the increased traffic after sunset, parents are advised to keep an eye on their children at all times. Do not allow children to play on roads, especially after dark.

Those who visit mosques for Iftar gatherings and Taraweeh or Qiyamullail prayers should avoid double-parking in the lots. The roads will likely be congested around the end of Ramadan. If possible, please avoid making any last-minute shopping for Eid.


Fire Hazards

All homes should have a fire extinguisher near the kitchen. When cooking at home, follow these tips to avoid fire hazards:

  • Do not wear long, flowing dresses.
  • Extinguish matches carefully before throwing them into the garbage.
  • Never leave the stove on unattended.

Always keep an eye on your children. If possible, please keep them away from the kitchen.

If a fire breaks out in the oil pan, immediately cover it with a thick lid or fire blanket. The fire will die down after burning up all the oxygen inside. Do not attempt to extinguish the fire by pouring water onto the pan. If a fire breaks out in the garbage bin, cover it with a damp cloth to prevent further oxygen from traveling inside.

If you smell any gas odor, open all the windows and doors to air out the leaked gas. Do not switch on the light, make phone calls or turn on the ventilator as these actions may cause an electricity spark. Do not, under any circumstances, ignite a match or lighter because natural gas is highly flammable.

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Food Safety

Protect your family and guests from food poisoning by using good hygiene and common sense. Always check the expiry date of canned, frozen and preserved foods. Discard the food if you notice any suspicious change in color, texture or smell. Perishable foods should be sealed and/or stored in the refrigerator.


Begging

While charity is encouraged during Ramadan, the act of begging itself is illegal within the State of Qatar. Organizations across the country have set up charity booths to provide food and financial aid to the needy during the holy month.

If you see anyone begging on the streets, please call MOI's Anti-Begging unit at 44714222 / 44714220.


Emergencies

In case of any emergency, stay calm and call 999 immediately.

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