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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Stay Safe for the World Cup

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to be extra vigilant in the kitchen this weekend as the world cup kicks off.

"It doesn’t take long for certain foods to catch fire and the results can be devastating."

Head of Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Ian Sloss

Research shows that over half of all home fires are cooking accidents, and more often than not are caused by unattended cooking catching fire.

Head of Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Ian Sloss said: "It is very easy to become distracted from cooking when something as exciting as the world cup is going on.

"It may be that someone watching the game gets peckish and goes into the kitchen to cook something and then hears cheers from the TV and leaves the cooking unattended. It doesn’t take long for certain foods to catch fire and the results can be devastating."

Crews from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have responded to a multitude of kitchen fires across the county recently where food has been left unattended and started fires.

"We would urge people to remain in the kitchen whilst they are cooking – if you don’t want to miss any football, prepare food beforehand, at half-time or afterwards. It isn’t worth the risk."