GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is urging local Muslim communities to take care over the next month as they begin the period of Ramadan.
Ramadan, which is one of the most important events in the Islamic calendar, started yesterday (Thursday, June 18, 2015).
During this time those who observe Ramadan will fast for 30 days and then celebrate by cooking food before sunrise (Sehri) of after sunset (Iftar).
Head of Prevention, Area Manager Wayne Shields, said: â€œWe would like to wish our Muslim communities of Greater Manchester a very happy Ramadan.Â
â€œWe would advise you to take extra care during the times of Sehri and Iftar.Â As families prepare food at these times it is important to keep vigilant against fire hazards in the home.
â€œThere are a number of steps which you can take to help prevent fires in the home which include having a working smoke alarm, switching off cookers and hobs when not in use and keeping loose clothing tied back when cooking.
â€œIf you donâ€™t have a working smoke alarm at home, please get in touch with our Contact Centre on 0800 555 815 to arrange a free Home Safety Check.â€
Some advice for staying safe during the month of Ramadan is below:
For more information about celebrating safely, visit our website by clicking the link below http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/celebrating_safely/