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Residents Urged to Look When You Cook

Look when you cook

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to "Look When You Cook" after a man was rescued following a kitchen fire in his home

"Had he not had a smoke alarm fitted we may have been dealing with a much more serious incident."

Station Manager, Mick Daniels

The emergency call was made by a neighbour, shortly before 1am this morning reporting the incident on Heathcote Street, Sandford Hill, Longton. Longton firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued a man, who was unresponsive, from the living room of the property. The 42 year old casualty was given oxygen therapy by firefighters before being treated by paramedics, he did not attend hospital.

Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "It seems the man had been cooking food under the grill and had then fallen asleep, leaving the food to burn. Luckily the smoke alarm alerted a neighbour, had he not had a smoke alarm fitted we may have been dealing with a much more serious incident.

"We’re currently running a cooking campaign as latest statistics show that 52% of our accidental house fires start in the kitchen and one of the groups most at risk are men over the age of 40, who start cooking late at night. The message is simple - don’t make fast food your last food, look when you cook."

Crews will be in the area over the next few days delivering "After the Fire" postcards and displaying posters to make residents aware that there has been a fire in their area and to encourage people to book a free Home Fire Risk Check. A Home Fire Risk Check involves a member of the fire and rescue service visiting your property to identify potential fire hazards and fit safety equipment, such as smoke alarms, to reduce the likelihood of a fire occurring.