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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen Fires a Weekend Worry

Firefighters are growing increasingly concerned over the growing number of kitchen fires happening at weekends.

Following three incidents in 24-hours last week, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called out to deal with two fires on Saturday, January 23rd, both involving pans on cookers.

"In certain cases simply changing a pattern of behaviour can make the world of difference."

Mick Daniels, Assistant Area Commander, Newcastle

The first took place at a property in Ruxley Road, Bucknall at 10.43pm when a grill pan left unattended accidentally caught fire.

One appliance from Hanley and one from Longton attended.

At 11.55pm a frying pan set alight on a cooker at a property in Brooke Street, Stoke. Two appliances from Longton and one from Hanley attended.

But in this particular incident two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus had to use one hose reel jet to extinguish the accidental blaze.

Mick Daniels, Assistant Area Commander for Newcastle said: "It is worrying these incidents seem to be occurring more at weekends.

"People should never leave food unattended while cooking. Pans left unattended can overheat, fill the kitchen with smoke which can then spread to other parts of the house and ultimately set alight.

"People should heed the warning – do not leave food unattended while cooking. Simple lapses or distractions can have potentially tragic consequences.

"Knowledge and awareness is the key to fire safety and we need people to understand the responsibility they have, not only to themselves, but also to others," added Mick.

 "In certain cases simply changing a pattern of behaviour can make the world of difference.

"If you have a positive attitude to fire safety and employ relevant behaviour you can greatly reduce the risk of fire."

Mick is urging anyone who hasn’t done so to book a free Home Fire Risk Check with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

"This involves us visiting homes to fit, where necessary, equipment like smoke alarms which will increase people’s safety," he said.

The previous weekend, a young mother and child were rescued from a blaze which destroyed their home in Milwich at 4.10pm on Friday afternoon.

At 3.56am on Saturday morning crews rescued a sleeping man from his Bucknall flat after a pan fire started in his kitchen while hours later, at 2.30pm, the roof of a Longton bungalow was severely damaged by fire – believed to have started in the kitchen.