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Warning Issued Following Microwave Fire

06/12/2010

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued a warning regarding the use of microwaveable wheat bags following a microwave fire in Blurton.

"It may sound obvious, but double-checking what time you have entered before pressing start when using the microwave could prevent a kitchen fire."

Station Manager, Mick Daniels

Crews were called to Denham Gardens at 9.55am this morning, after an elderly lady accidentally set a microwaveable wheat bag on fire. The fire was out on arrival and the lady was uninjured, however the kitchen was lightly smoke damaged and required ventilating by firefighters.

Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: “This isn’t the first time we’ve been called to this type of incident. The problem with wheat bags and other similar microwaveable items is that once you throw away the packaging there is usually no indication on the item itself as to how long it should be in the microwave for.

“In the incident this morning, it appears the lady accidentally set the time for too long and the bag caught fire. We would advise anyone using these types of item to keep any packaging or instructions that come with it, or at least write down somewhere safe and obvious how long it should be in the microwave for.

“People also need to take care when entering times on the microwave, as two minutes could quite easily be registered as twenty minutes on some models. It may sound obvious, but double-checking what time you have entered before pressing start when using the microwave could prevent a kitchen fire.”

Crews left the scene at 10.35am this morning.