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Carbon monoxide scare prompts Passover cooking safety plea to Jewish community

Borough: Salford

Incident Date: 01 April 2015

FIREFIGHTERS have issued a plea to the Jewish community asking them to take care preparing food before Passover after one family almost suffered carbon monoxide poisoning. 

The warning comes after crew from Broughton and Manchester Central attended an incident at a detached house in Salford at 8.48pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Watch Manager Dave Campbell, Green Watch Broughton, said: “We were called after a family’s Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm actuated in Broughton.

“The family had been preparing food ready for Passover and had covered their cooker with tinfoil which we believe caused the flame not to burn properly with CO being produced.

“Our advice is for people to follow the instructions provided with their cooking appliances and allow natural ventilation to take place in their homes.

“Two adults and four children were in the house at the time of the incident and luckily they were not injured.”

Firefighters ventilated the property to allow the CO to escape before leaving.

Speaking on behalf of Manchester Beth Din, Rabbi Hillel Royde said:  “We would like to thank Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) for bringing this incident to the attention of our community.

“I would ask that the advice from GMFRS is followed.”

Firefighters ventilated the property to allow the CO to escape before leaving.

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.

More information about how to stay safe at home and Carbon Monoxide can be found on the GMFRS website -


Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:40
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