That’s the repeated safety message from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service after a man had to be led to safety by firefighters in the early hours of this morning.
"We see this type of incident only too often and over the last week have attended similar incidents elsewhere in the county."
Station Manager, Brian Griffiths
Crews from Stone were alerted to the fire on Alma Street in Stone by a neighbour at 3.30am who said the smoke alarms were operating but the occupier was still inside and they could see the cooker on.
On arrival, firefighters forced entry to the property via the front door and discovered the occupier asleep on the sofa.
Station Manager, Brian Griffiths said: “The man had returned home from a night out and decided to cook but then fell asleep and some food had caught fire. We see this type of incident only too often and over the last week have attended similar incidents elsewhere in the county. We strongly advise people to avoid cooking if they have been drinking alcohol especially when it’s the early hours of the morning as it’s very easy to fall asleep unintentionally and before you know it your food has caught fire.
“Thankfully a neighbour heard the smoke alarms and alerted the fire service meaning we were able to rescue the man before the fire progressed.”
The incident was closed at 4.00am.