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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Incident sparks safety warning

26/08/2015

Cooking Safety
Cooking safety

Firefighters are urging people never to leave cooking unattended after two friends had to be led to safety in the early hours of this morning.

"I would urge people never to leave cooking unattended on a hob and never to attempt to cook after you have been drinking. The consequences of doing either of these things can be absolutely catastrophic."

Station Manager Neil Burton

Two crews from Cannock attended the incident at 3.22am after it was reported that smoke was being emitted from a ground floor flat at Beech Court, Walsall Road in Great Wyrley.

When they arrived the two male occupants were still in the property which was heavily smoke logged. The men were led to safety by firefighters before being checked over by paramedics at the scene.

Firefighters used two breathing apparatus as well as the thermal imaging camera to ensure that there were no seats of fire inside the flat.

Station Manager Neil Burton, who led the incident, said: "These two men had a very lucky escape. They had started to cook in the early hours of the morning and had left the pan on the hob before falling asleep. The fact that they had working smoke alarms which woke them up potentially saved their lives. It only takes a few breaths of toxic smoke to kill a person – that is how serious this situation could have been.

"I would urge people never to leave cooking unattended on a hob and never to attempt to cook after you have been drinking. The consequences of doing either of these things can be absolutely catastrophic."

The cause of the incidents has been classed as accidental. The last crew left the scene at 3.52am.

For more information on cooking safety visit: 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 98310 or visiting www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp