Greater Manchester Fire Service give backing to Brake's campaign to stop people using mobile devices while driving.
"We now rescue more people from road traffic collisions than we do from fires. With smart phones and sat-navs it has never been so easy to become distracted whilst driving. And distraction leads to fatal consequences for so many people on our roads. Road Safety Week helps us reach people with road safety advice and prevent crashes before they happen."
– Wayne Shields, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service,
An elderly couple had a lucky escape when a lightning strike blew a hole in the roof of their home in Bolton.
Firefighters were called to Langholme Drive in Breightmet after a 999 call was made to Greater just before 4.30pm yesterday.
It's believed that a lightning bolt hit the roof and travelled down the aerial and chimney causing the couple's gas fire and TV to smoulder.
Watch Manager Paul Norris from Bolton North Fire Station said: "Two houses were affected by the lightning - one was unoccupied but the one that came off worse was occupied by an elderly couple.
"The bolt left quite a large hole in the roof and has damaged the chimney, and inside plaster and a light switch were blown off the wall in the couple's bedroom.
"Tiles on the roof and chimney had come away with the impact from the bolt that also damaged electrical circuits."We used ladders to get onto the roof and took away loose bricks and made the chimney stack safe."
A video showing the dangers of playing with fireworks has been released by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) as they go on sale ahead of Bonfire Night.
Part of the annual Treacle campaign, launched this week, it shows the devastating effects an illegal firework can have when it explodes in a child’s hand.
It comes a year after an 'onion bomb' detonated in the face of a 10-year-old boy in Salford leaving him with serious burns and facial injuries.
Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention, Peter O’Reilly said: “As Bonfire Night approaches we want everyone to enjoy it safely, so this video serves as a reminder to children and parents what can happen if you don’t take firework safety seriously.
“Last year everyone remembers the shocking image of a 10-year-old boy in hospital with serious injuries, he had been holding an illegal onion bomb when it exploded in his face. “This year, we hope this video, which reveals the horrors of firework injuries, will make people think twice.”
The union for firefighters has described Stephen Hunt, who died in a fire in Manchester city centre in July, as "hero".
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said:
Stephen died a hero, and his willingness to put his own life at risk to save and help others deserves to be remembered and honoured.
This sense of courage and self-sacrifice can be found in firefighters across the country, and we are all indebted to the tireless and often unseen work they undertake to keep us safe.
Stephen's death was a terrible tragedy, and firefighters and the union will continue to work with our communities, employers and government to make sure that safety is put first for both firefighters and the general public.