MUSLIMS who start the annual Ramadhan fast tonight have been given health and safety advice.

Blackburn with Darwen Council officials have warned cooking for large groups at unusual times combined with fatigue can increase the chances of house fires.

They have advised those observing the religious fast to drink plenty of fluids and follow a balanced diet.

Muslims are warned that eating too much at the breaking fast meal (Iftar) can also cause symptoms of indigestion and heartburn and advised to always eat the pre-dawn meal (Sehri) which should include slow-digesting starchy foods such as wholegrain bread, lentils, pasta, milk, chapattis, boiled rice and potatoes.

They are asked when conducting late-night and early-morning prayers to be considerate of neighbours.

Officials warn the number house burglaries increases during the month of Ramadhan and advise housholders to ensure they lock windows and doors and avoid leaving valuables in vulnerable places.

The officials also urge people to park considerately during Ramadhan to avoid causing a danger to other road users, particularly pedestrians and young children