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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire safety is food for thought on Shrove Tuesday

03/02/2016

Firefighters are asking residents to give fire safety ‘food for thought’ on Shrove Tuesday.

“Since April 2015 54 per cent of accidental house fires have started in the kitchen with 254 cooking and chip pan related fires."

Community Safety Lead, Central Prevent and Protect, James Russell

On February 9 thousands of families will tuck into the tasty treat as traditional pancakes are served up across Staffordshire.

Community Safety Lead, Central Prevent and Protect, James Russell said: “Cooks across the county will be getting out their frying pans and treating their family to pancakes.

“It’s easy to forget fire safety amidst all the fun and hilarity that often accompanies the celebration. Unfortunately, all it takes for a fire to start is a momentary lapse of concentration.

“Since April 2015 54 per cent of accidental house fires have started in the kitchen with 254 cooking and chip pan related fires.

“Frying pans can easily set alight, especially if they are left unattended when the heat is switched on.

“If the pan catches fire do not try to move it and under no circumstances throw water on it because that will make the fire flare up. Instead you should switch off the heat, if it is safe to do so, then get out, closing the door behind you and call 999.”

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

For all non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills. In an emergency dial 999.

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