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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chip pan fire sparks safety warning

31/03/2015

Cooking Safety
Chip pan on fire

Firefighters are urging people never to leave cooking unattended after an elderly lady had to be rescued from her home following an incident.

"This was a very lucky escape and the consequences could have been far worse. Fire control did an excellent job in reassuring and advising the lady prior to the arrival of crews." 

Station Manager James Green

The resident, who is in her 80s, dialled 999 when she realised smoke was coming from the kitchen of her Hot Lane property in Biddulph Moor.

She was unable to leave the bungalow due to mobility issues so a fire control operator stayed on the phone and gave her safety advice while crews from Biddulph, Sandyford and Leek were travelling to the scene.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus led the lady outside to safety where she was treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation. Crews then ventilated the property.

They arrived at the scene at 12.34pm and left at 1.30pm.

Station Manager James Green said: "This was a very lucky escape and the consequences could have been far worse. Fire control did an excellent job in reassuring and advising the lady prior to the arrival of crews.

"There are some very simple steps that can be followed in order to avoid being the victim of a kitchen fire. The most important thing to remember is to never leave cooking unattended. The vast majority of kitchen fires break out when people are cooking food and it is left alone, it either over-heats or fat residue that has been left on appliances from previous use ignites. We would urge people to avoid using chip pans – instead opt for a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer.

"I would also urge people to keep an eye out for older friends, relatives or neighbours. If you have any safety concerns, don’t hesitate to book a free Home Fire Risk Check with us. They don’t take long to carry out but they can have long-lasting effects."

For more information on cooking safety visit: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/cookingsafety.asp

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is offering people free Home Fire Risk Checks. During the visits, crew members or trained technicians check every room in the property for potential fire hazards and speak to residents about their everyday behaviour in the home. Using this information, they try to identify anything that may increase the risk of a fire.

People are being encouraged to book a HFRC by calling Freephone 0800 0241 999, texting 07528 983101 or visiting www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp