Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging football fans to take care in the kitchen this weekend as Stoke City take on Manchester City in the FA Cup Final.
"It can be very easy to become distracted from cooking when something as exciting as this Stoke match is going on."
Head of Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Ian Sloss
Firefighters have responded to several kitchen fires in Staffordshire recently where food has been left unattended and started fires. Research also shows that over half of all accidental fires in the home are cooking accidents.
Head of Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Ian Sloss said: "It can be very easy to become distracted from cooking when something as exciting as this Stoke match 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."
Ian added: "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. Consumption of alcohol should also always be avoided whilst cooking and don’t be tempted to start cooking whilst you are under the influence of alcohol – it could be the last thing you do."
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service launched a cooking campaign in March featuring three safety posters. One poster shows a man, beer in hand, asleep on the sofa whilst a pan catches fire on the hob in the kitchen entitled ‘Don’t Make Fast Food Your Last Food. Watch Your Pan.’ Statistics show that 1 in 3 fire deaths is alcohol related.