Stoke on Trent's Assistant Area Commander is urging members of the public to never tackle fires themselves following an incident this morning on Brownley Road in Smallthorne, Stoke on Trent.
The incident involved an elderly lady, aged 83, who had attempted to remove a pan of sizzling hot oil outside after it had caught fire on her electric cooker hob.
The fire, which was confined to the pan, was out on arrival however firefighters ventilated the property and treated the lady with first aid whilst awaiting the arrival of the ambulance service.
"Unfortunately during the lady’s effort to remove the pan outside the lady tripped and fell over which resulted in her burning her arm. Luckily a neighbour spotted smoke issuing from the doorway and windows and went over to the property where he spotted the lady on the floor then quickly assisted her out of the property."
The fire was started due to an electric cooker hob which was switched on accidentally without the occupant realising. On top of the hob was a pan of oil – which then overheated and caused the fire.
Glynn continued, "In the event of a fire in the home we realise that the first thing which may come to mind is to extinguish the fire - however we would insist that people just close the door, if it is safe to do so, exit the property and call 999 immediately. We would also recommend that people do not cook with oil as if it gets too hot it will quickly ignite. Instead we would advise people to use deep fat fryers as they are thermostatically controlled meaning that they can’t overheat.
"Operating smoke alarms alerted the lady to the fire – as this incident highlights it is so easy for a fire to start without you even realising. Smoke alarms allow those extra crucial minutes for you to get out safely. If you don’t have smoke alarms in your home we would urge you to contact us on our FREEPHONE number where you can arrange a home fire risk check and we will come and fit them for free." "