Fire crews say be safe during Eid festival

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FIREFIGHTERS have issued safety advice to local Muslims amid worries the number of fires could increase during the Eid festival.

The plea comes from fire safety bosses who say the risk of fire often goes up during celebrations to mark Eid-ul-Fitr, as candles, tea lights, fireworks and cooking celebratory meals can form a major part of the festival.

Eid is a Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan – the Islamic month of fasting – and this year falls on Tuesday.

Station manager Ian Wadmore, from the fire service’s Community Safety Team, said: ‘With people spending more time at the mosque, cooking while entertaining, or just relaxing with family and friends, the risk of fire can increase.

‘You are far more likely to be distracted during important religious festivals, and therefore more vulnerable to fire.

‘By taking just a few precautions, you can greatly reduce the risks for yourself and your family.’

Safety tips and advice from the fire service can be found in detail by visiting its website at