A hard-hitting campaign targeting people who leave cooking unattended is being launched as statistics reveal the number of kitchen fires attended by firefighters in the north of the county.
“Cooking should never be left unattended and distractions kept to a minimum, for example watching TV or entertaining children whilst cooking."
Community Safety Lead, James Russell
In the period from April 2012 to April 2016, 397 fires attended by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were caused by cooking, with 37% resulting from distraction.
The campaign specifically targets two groups who are most at risk of kitchen fires; older people who may become easily distracted or forgetful when cooking and younger people who may be tempted to cook themselves a quick snack after getting home from the pub - then fall asleep leaving their cooking unattended.
As part of the campaign Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be attending the following locations and giving advice on cooking safety:
• May 11 at Community House, Washington Close, Biddulph from 11am – 1pm
• May 20 at Longton Market from 9.30am – 11.30am
• May 27 at Hanley Library from 10 am – 1pm
Community Safety Lead, James Russell said: “This campaign may be targeted at specific groups of people however everyone should take note and ensure they stand by their pan whilst cooking.
“Cooking should never be left unattended and distractions kept to a minimum, for example watching TV or entertaining children whilst cooking.
“Consumption of alcohol should also be avoided whilst cooking, especially if you are returning from a night out drinking. It only takes a quick closing of the eyes before you’re fast asleep and oblivious to the pan catching fire.
“A cooking fire can quickly take hold, cause a serious amount of damage and if you don’t notice it right away it could be too late. We would also like to remind everyone how essential it is to have working smoke alarms in your home – they could just save your life.”