Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s #RecipeForDisaster campaign focuses this week on the dangers posed by dirty grill pans and ovens.
Cleaning a greasy grill pan or clearing up spillages on the bottom of an oven, is not a pleasant job, but it is important for safety. Grill pan fires are the sorts of incidents that are easily avoided.
Cooking fires make up more than 25 per cent of accidental dwelling fires across the county making it the most common cause of blazes in the home. Grill pans and ovens which are not cleaned regularly and where grease is allowed to build up are a frequent cause of cooking fires. As the grease heats up it can burst into flames. It also produces a great deal of smoke which can pose a threat to occupants through smoke inhalation. Any pets in the kitchen would also be at risk if they are there when a fire breaks out.
Director of Prevent and Protect Glynn Luznyj said: “We are called to grill pan fires quite frequently. Unlike some of the other types of cooking fires, it’s the smoke that presents the greatest threat to people and animals. As grease starts to heat up it begins to smoke and this is as dangerous as flames. Quite often when we get called out to a grill pan or oven fire, the flames have been extinguished but the kitchen is filled with smoke and our job then switches to ventilating the property so it’s safe for the occupants to go back in.
“Cleaning a greasy grill pan or clearing up spillages on the bottom of an oven, is not a pleasant job, but it is important for safety. Grill pan fires are the sorts of incidents that are easily avoided. Lining them with foil which you can then dispose of safely can make life easier but making sure whoever uses the grill cleans it after they’ve used it is the only way to stay safe.”
The campaign runs for four weeks, promoting its messages by using radio and billboard advertising, distributing safe cooking tips cards and using social media. The video underlining this week’s theme of the campaign has also been posted on the Service’s website. It shows a young woman using a dirty grill pan to cook some sausages and the consequences of letting grease build up.