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Hob fire sparks safety warning

21/09/2015

Fire fighters are urging people to check that their cooking appliances are switched off correctly after use, after an elderly lady and her grown up daughter had a lucky escape following a fire in their home in St. Michael’s Mount, Stone.

“This incident reinforces three important safety messages – always check that your cooking appliance, gas or electric hob is switched off correctly after use, ensure working smoke alarms are fitted in your home on every level and try to ensure you keep a clear clutter-free escape route.”

Watch Manager Mike Burnside

The emergency services were called when plastic containers which had been placed on top of the gas hob caught fire after it had accidentally been left on a low light.  They had been cooking Sunday lunch and the low setting was not visible to the naked eye, giving the impression that the hob had been turned off.

The elderly woman had been cleaning her caravan and had removed some plastic trays which she took into the house, washed and then placed on top of the hob in the kitchen. The fire was discovered by her daughter when an upstairs smoke alarm alerted her. There was no working smoke alarm downstairs which would have detected the fire sooner had one been installed.

Two crews from Stone and Longton attended the incident. The first crew arrived at 12.11pm. The daughter required oxygen therapy at the scene and was also taken to hospital for further treatment as a precaution. Firefighters ventilated the property and the last crew left the scene at 12.57pm.

Watch Manager Mike Burnside said: “This incident reinforces three important safety messages – always check that your cooking appliance, gas or electric hob is switched off correctly after use, ensure working smoke alarms are fitted in your home on every level and try to ensure you keep a clear clutter-free escape route.” 

“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

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