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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Accidental House Fires

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care in the kitchen following a recent spate of house fires.

"We would also encourage people to be more vigilant when cooking and our advice is if you are cooking in the kitchen then stay in the kitchen until you’re finished."

Firefighters in Newcastle have attended 26 house fires over a four month period, ten of which were caused by cooking and as a result of these fires four people suffered injuries. Out of the 26, ten of the homes did not have smoke alarms fitted.

Area Commander for Newcastle, Rebecca Bryant said: “We would urge anybody who does not have a working smoke alarm to call 0800 0241 999 to book a free home fire risk check. Smoke alarms are essential and they do save lives. We would also encourage people to be more vigilant when cooking and our advice is if you are cooking in the kitchen then stay in the kitchen until you’re finished.

“When in use, cooking appliances should not be left unattended whether it is a hob, grill, microwave, oven or even a toaster. If any food should catch fire, turn the heat off, if it safe to do so, get out, closing the doors behind you and call 999.”