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Increase in East Staffordshire House Fires

19/06/2012

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking people in East Staffordshire to be extra vigilant this summer, as latest figures show an increase in accidental house fires.

"There is no obvious reason for the increase; the bad weather perhaps meaning people are more likely to stay inside."

Station Manager, Mick Daniels

Last month crews attended 14 accidental house fires in East Staffordshire, the majority of which were caused by cooking.

Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "During May the number of accidental house fires attended went above average for this area and around 35% of those incidents were due to distraction.

"There is no obvious reason for the increase; the bad weather perhaps meaning people are more likely to stay inside combined with a tough financial climate or it could just be a general inattention to safety.

"With the amount of exciting sports and events being broadcast on the TV this summer we can expect to see further incidents of this nature; however we’d like to prevent them from happening where possible.

"We ask that people follow simple safety advice such as remaining in the kitchen while you’re cooking and not leaving any cooking unattended. Ensure appliances are switched off at the plug when you’re not using them to reduce the risk of electrical faults and be careful not to leave combustible items near to sources of heat.

"Another factor in cooking incidents, particular late at night, is alcohol – cooking and alcohol don’t mix. It is much safer to get a takeaway rather than risk falling asleep whilst cooking."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service launched its Celebrate Safely campaign last month to encourage Staffordshire residents to take care this summer.