GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has issued advice to help keep Bury's Jewish community safe during upcoming Pesach celebrations.

This year festivities will be very different for many of the borough's Jewish community as they are unable to celebrate with family gatherings due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

With people being encouraged to stay at home GMFRS has offered some simple safety measures for people to follow.

It comes after fire crews were called to a fire in Prestwich, sparked by candles, during the Chanukah holiday, which caused significant damage to a home.

To stay safe people should ensure candles are placed in a sturdy holder away from flammable materials and never left them unattended.

Extra care should be taken if using candles to search for chametz.

Gas flames should never been hindered, in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Care should also be taken with electrical appliances, and people should avoid using a hot plate or water heater which has any signs of damage to the cable.

Finally householders should ensure they have working, tested, smoke alarms on every floor, as they can give vital extra time to escape in case of fire.

Ben Levy, GMFRS area manager, said: “Whilst we wish our Jewish community ‘Chag Sameach’ – a safe and happy Pesach, we also want to ensure that we can eliminate any risks during the celebrations.

“Please take the time to read over our safety advice to ensure that Pesach is as joyful as can be during this difficult time. If a fire does occur in your home get out, stay out and call 999.”