The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is issuing warnings ahead of New Year’s Eve

Now that Christmas and the second day of Christmas are out of the way, it’s time to think about how to welcome the new year.

England is still under the Plan B Covid rules and no further restrictions have been introduced, meaning partygoers will be able to celebrate as usual at pubs and clubs.

But with Manchester New Year’s fireworks canceled for the second year in a row, some may be planning their own screenings.

Regardless of your New Year’s plans, the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has issued two important warnings to keep in mind so everyone can celebrate safely.

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Whether you feel sad after a night of partying or if you want to arrange some food after a few glasses of wine at home, GMFRS advises against trying to cook after consuming alcoholic beverages.

In a tweet, they said: “If you are celebrating with a few drinks at home, be extra careful and do not cook if you have been drinking – get a takeaway.”

They also remind people to never ‘leave cooking unattended’ and make sure you ‘turn everything off when you’re done’ cooking.

More than half of unintentional fires in the home start in the kitchen, according to the GMFRS website.

Close-up of a lit gas hob
Never leave your cooking unattended, says GMFRS

They also warn of the risks of using fireworks at home, especially if you live in an apartment.

GMFRS said in a tweet: “Fireworks are often used to call into the #newyear.

“If you live in an apartment, never put them off or store them on your balcony.”

GMFRS also recommends using suitable ashtrays and being careful if you smoke on your balcony.

Their website reads: “Never store flammable materials such as gas cylinders on your balcony.

“If you smoke, be sure to stop the cigarettes out and never sling them away from your balcony.

“Use a suitable ashtray and dispose of the contents safely using a metal bucket full of water or sand.”

For more fire safety tips ahead of the New Year celebration, check out the GMFRS website or follow them on Twitter.


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