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Firefighters urge people to'look when you cook' after four fires over the weekend

February 18 2019
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Ahead of its cooking fires campaign to be launched in March, firefighters are warning of the dangers of leaving cooking unattended after four cooking-related fires this weekend.

Cooking is a normal part of everyday life but it is also one of the top causes of dwelling fires. That’s why we’re launching a campaign next month to warn people of the potential dangers of not keeping an eye on things when you’re cooking.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to a house on Carmount Road, Abbey Hulton at 6.02pm on Friday (February 15) to deal with a chip pan fire. Although the fire was out when the crew from Hanley arrived, a 12-year-old girl received burns in the incident. Fortunately, she did not need to go to hospital for treatment. 

On Saturday, February 16 at 1.40pm a crew from Leek attended a report of food having caused a fire after being left unattended in a microwave at a property on North Street in Leek. Firefighters used Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) equipment to ventilate the property. 

At 5.10pm yesterday (Sunday, February 17) firefighters from Stafford used breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to put out a fire in an oven at a house on Felton Close in Stafford. As the kitchen was smoke logged they then ventilated the house using PPV. And at 2.34am today, (Monday, February 18) pumps from Sandyford and Hanley went to an incident on Linda Road, Tunstall where the occupier had fallen asleep leaving two gas rings on. Crews used PPV to clear the smoke from the property. 

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber said: “Cooking is a normal part of everyday life but it is also one of the top causes of dwelling fires. That’s why we’re launching a campaign next month to warn people of the potential dangers of not keeping an eye on things when you’re cooking. Cooking fires are often caused by people being distracted when they’re cooking or when they’re under the influence of alcohol and fall asleep.

“It’s not just traditional cooking methods where you have visible sources of flames and heat that are dangerous, even a microwave oven can be dangerous, as was the case with one of the fires this weekend. 

“There’s more information about cooking safety on our website where we encourage you to ‘look when you cook’. If you’ve been drinking, we suggest you get a takeaway rather than trying to cook something. That bacon butty you fancy really isn’t worth the risk.”