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Incident Date: 25 March 2018
Safety warning issued to Jewish community ahead of Pesach celebrations
Ahead of the Pesach celebrations which commence this Friday evening (March 30, 2018), Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is offering advice to members of the Jewish community to ensure they are safe during the holiday period.
It comes after a crew from Broughton were called to a property in Salford on Saturday, March 24 where a family were exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide as a result of leaving a large metal plate (blech) on a gas hob burning overnight.
GMFRS Area Manager Ben Levy said: “Pesach is joyful time, a time for celebration and family gathering, however this incident is a timely reminder to our communities about the dangers of carbon monoxide. It is particularly important to ensure that gas flames are not hindered, otherwise carbon monoxide poisoning becomes a real threat to families in their home.
“We would encourage our communities to take care with electrical appliances particularly at this time of year and would urge people not use any appliance such as a hotplate or water heater which has any signs of damage to the cable.”
It is also important to take great care with candles, only a few months ago during the Chanukah holiday a family from Prestwich had a very lucky escape when candles started a house fire which caused significant damage.
Area Manager Levy continued: “When using candles please ensure they are placed in a sturdy holder away from flammable materials and never leave them unattended, and take extra care if using candles to search for chametz. When leaving the house or going to bed close internal doors and make sure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your property.
“We wish our Jewish community ‘Chag Sameach’, a safe and happy Pesach.”
Carbon monoxide can cause death in extreme circumstances and other symptoms include: headaches, dizziness and nausea so people may think that they have flu.
If you experience symptoms you should go for fresh air immediately - open doors and windows, turn off gas appliances and leave the house and see your doctor or go to hospital and let them know that you think it could be carbon monoxide poisoning.
You can book a free Safe and Well Visit, where our firefighters will visit your home and offer advice to keep you safe from fire. We will also discuss how to develop an escape plan with your family in case a fire occurs. To book a visit please call 0800 555 815.
For further safety advice, please visit: http://manchesterfire.gov.uk/keeping-you-safe/fire_safety_advice/