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Firefighters Raising Awareness at Beer Festival

23/08/2011

Chase Terrace firefighters will be attending the beer festival being held at the Malt Shovel Pub this Sunday to raise awareness of alcohol-related safety messages.

"People need to realise just how easy it is to cause a kitchen fire, cooking requires your full attention."

Chase Terrace Crew Manager, Jason Clarke

Chip pan demonstrations will be carried out throughout the day to highlight the dangers of chip pans in a number of scenarios, including cooking whilst under the influence of alcohol and leaving cooking unattended.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently running a cooking safety campaign after statistics reveal that over half of the accidental house fires that firefighters attend are started by cooking, many by people who have had a drink.

Chase Terrace Crew Manager, Jason Clarke said: "Drinking makes you less alert and more careless, neither of which are a good combination when it comes to fire safety. The most common incidents occur when drinkers start preparing a late night snack and then forget about their cooking.

"People need to realise just how easy it is to cause a kitchen fire, cooking requires your full attention. It’s not worth the risk, just stay in the kitchen until you have finished cooking and avoid cooking late at night, particularly if you’ve had a drink. Hopefully the demonstration we’ll be holding at the beer festival will raise awareness of the dangers."

Firefighters will also be passing on safety advice regarding smoking or driving whilst under the influence of alcohol and will be taking down details of anyone interested in booking a free Home Fire Risk Check.