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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Avoid festive fires - look when you cook

24/12/2014

Cooking Safety
Cooking safety

Residents are being urged to look when they cook this Christmas and avoid festive fires.

 "We would strongly advise people to avoid drinking alcohol prior to or while cooking and don’t attempt to cook late at night when you may be tired and easily distracted. It is also important not to leave cooking unattended. The speed in which a pan can catch fire and rapidly go up in flames can be quite shocking. Should the worst happen, get out, stay out and dial 999."

Director of Response Rob Barber

Statistics show that most accidental house fires start in the kitchen and many of these incidents result from cooking being left unattended and igniting.

To avoid falling victim to a kitchen fire during the holiday, the Service is encouraging people to follow some top tips:

•    Never leave cooking unattended – look when you cook
•    Keep clothing and tea towels away from the cooker
•    Keep electrical leads away from the cooker and water
•    If a pan catches fire, get out, stay out and call 999
•    Avoid distractions when cooking
•    Don’t cook after drinking alcohol or late at night

Director of Response Rob Barber said: "We want the communities of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year and to avoid a celebration turning into a tragedy. Statistics show that more accidental fires happen in December than at any other time of year which is why it is vital that people are aware of the potential risks so that they can protect themselves and their families.

"We would strongly advise people to avoid drinking alcohol prior to or while cooking and don’t attempt to cook late at night when you may be tired and easily distracted. It is also important not to leave cooking unattended. The speed in which a pan can catch fire and rapidly go up in flames can be quite shocking. Should the worst happen, get out, stay out and dial 999."