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East Staffs Sees 50% Increase in Kitchen Fires

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has raised fresh concerns over people leaving cooking unattended after seeing a 50% increase in accidental kitchen fires last month.

“We would urge people to take extra care in the kitchen, especially whilst cooking, as it is very easy to become distracted and forget about appliances being left on or food can overheat and catch fire.”

Burton Watch Manager, Jim Bywater

There were a total of six kitchen fires in just a month throughout October and four of those fires were a result of people leaving cooking unattended.

Burton Watch Manager, Jim Bywater said: “It is very concerning to see such a large increase in kitchen fires in such a short space of time.

“We would urge people to take extra care in the kitchen, especially whilst cooking, as it is very easy to become distracted and forget about appliances being left on or food can overheat and catch fire.”

A few tips people can follow to stay safe in the kitchen are:
• Do not place anything on top of the hob / oven ring that shouldn’t be there, i.e. a tea towel
• Do not leave cooking unattended
• Don’t get distracted by callers
• Do not leave children unattended
• Do not leave pan handles over hanging