Budding cooks are being urged to be careful this Pancake Day after latest figures reveal there have been more than 2,000 kitchen fires in the last five years.
"We want people to enjoy some tasty treats this Pancake Day and to stay safe while they are whipping up their desserts. Kitchen fires account for a large percentage of incidents in the county but residents can avoid being caught out by following some simple steps."
Community Safety Lead Stephanie Court
The most up to date statistics, from January 31 2009 to February 1 2014, show that there have been 1,578 incidents involving food preparation appliances across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
A total of 919 involved cookers, 382 were sparked by toasters or grills, microwaves were responsible for 150 incidents and separate hobs and hotplates caused 127 blazes.
A further 471 incidents which started in the kitchen were caused by appliances including dishwashers, fridges and washing machines.
Stoke-on-Trent had the highest number of kitchen fires during the five-year period with 603 recorded, followed by Stafford with 239 and East Staffordshire with 215.
There were 213 kitchen fires in Newcastle-under-Lyme, 174 in Cannock Chase, 168 in Tamworth and 149 Lichfield.
A total of 148 kitchen fires occurred in South Staffordshire and there were 140 in Staffordshire Moorlands.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is now warning people to be vigilant when they are cooking up a storm on Shrove Tuesday, March 4, so that they don’t become a victim of a kitchen fire.
Community Safety Lead Stephanie Court said: "We want people to enjoy some tasty treats this Pancake Day and to stay safe while they are whipping up their desserts. Kitchen fires account for a large percentage of incidents in the county but residents can avoid being caught out by following some simple steps.
"Never leave cooking unattended, don’t leave children alone in the kitchen whilst cooking with the hob or oven and don’t place anything metallic in the microwave. Ensure that electrical leads are kept away from water and keep electrical cables and cloths away from the hob. It is always a good idea to double check that you have turned appliances off when you have finished cooking, taking a few seconds to do so could have life-saving consequences."
For more information on fire safety in the home visit: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/HomeSafety.asp