Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take care when cooking their pancakes this Shrove Tuesday, which falls on 21 February.
"We would urge people to check that they have turned appliances off when they have finished using them and never leave cooking unattended."
Station Manager, Brian Griffiths
More than half of accidental house fires are caused by accidents in the kitchen.
Station Manager, Brian Griffiths said: "Shrove Tuesday means fun in the kitchen for adults and children alike however the novelty and excitement of making pancakes often makes people less cautious with their cooking.
"A common scenario involves families tucking into their delicious freshly made pancakes, forgetting that they have left their frying pan on the hob, burning away. If this does happen to you and the pan catches fire, switch off the heat, if it is safe to do so. Then get out, closing the door behind you and call 999.
"We would urge people to check that they have turned appliances off when they have finished using them and never leave cooking unattended – stay in the kitchen until you are finished and then switch off the appliance you have used."
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is launching its annual cooking campaign this month to raise awareness of the dangers of leaving cooking unattended. The campaign is supported by hard-hitting posters bearing the message ‘Look When You Cook.’