Advice issued after crews called to Burslem kitchen fire

Firefighter in breathing apparatus tackling red flames

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue is reminding residents to take extra care in the kitchen after crews were called out to a fire in Burslem.

Crews from Burslem and Sandyford attended a property in Jenkins Street at around 7.10pm on October 20 following reports of a fire on an electric cooker. It is also believed they found a pot with oil on the cooker.

Thankfully, there were no casualties and the fire was extinguished.

Andy Poyser, Crew Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue said: “Incidents like these are relatively commonplace in the home and are known to have serious consequences.

“We want to remind people to take extra care when in the kitchen and prevent incidents like this from happening in the first place.”

Our Top 10 cooking tips are:

  1. Look when you cook. Take any pans off the heat if you have to leave the room. If your pan does catch fire do not remove or attempt to extinguish it. Get out!
  2. Do not use a chip pan, use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer instead
  3. Do not leave children alone in the kitchen whilst cooking with the hob or oven
  4. Do not place anything metallic in the microwave
  5. Keep electrical leads away from water and keep electrical leads and cloths away from the hob
  6. Avoid cooking if you have been drinking alcohol
  7. Keep the oven and grill clean, a build-up of fat and grease may catch fire
  8. Take care if wearing lose clothing as it can easily catch fire particularly when using the hob
  9. When you have finished cooking, double check that you have turned off the oven
  10. Do not use matches or lighters to light gas cookers. Spark devices are safer.