WEST Midlands Fire Service is urging Midland Muslims to be safe as they gear up for Eid festivities this weekend.
Thousands of Muslims across the region will celebrate the festival of Eid, which will mark the end of Ramadhan.
With the festival due to take place on Saturday, the fire service have said many people are likely to become distracted on the busy day.
As a result they have issued the following guidelines to help Muslims enjoy the day.
* Never leave cooking unattended
* When deep-frying, dry the food before putting it in the pan. Never fill the pan more than one-third full of oil. If the oil starts to smoke, turn off the heat and leave it to cool. Never throw water over the pan.
* When cooking, take great care with long hair and clothing as both are very flammable.
* Ensure a working smoke alarm is fitted on each floor of your home.
* Make sure all cigarettes and candles are put out properly.
* Don’t place candles near decorations or furnishing that could catch alight.
* Turn off any unplug electrical appliances when not in use and do not overload electrical sockets.
Eid marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. For Muslims it is a joyous occasion with important religious significance, celebrating the achievement of enhanced piety. It is a day of forgiveness, moral victory, peace of congregation, fellowship, brotherhood and unity.