Firefighters urge cooking caution following stove fire

Frying pan on fire in kitchen

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to be cautious when it comes to cooking following a stove fire in Stafford.

Crews from Cannock and Stafford attended a property off Baswich Lane, Stafford, at around 11.45am yesterday (Wednesday 13 April).

On arrival, crews found a pan of oil on a stove on fire.

Two breathing apparatus, one hose reel jet and a leather blanket was used to extinguish the fire.

All people were accounted for and no one was injured.

Crews left the scene at around 12.10pm.

Over half of the incidents the service attend to is caused by cooking, with distraction being the main cause of these fires.

Jordan Money, Station Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, has advice on how you can keep safe cooking.

“It’s really important that when preparing for meal times we pay close attention to the food we are cooking and look when we cook, otherwise the consequences could be fatal.

“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.

“Don’t use a chip pan, use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer instead

“Don’t leave children alone in the kitchen whilst cooking with the hob or oven and remember to keep electrical leads away from water and keep electrical leads and cloths away from the hob.

“Take care if wearing loose clothing as it can easily catch fire particularly when using the hob.”

For further advice, visit Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service | Cooking Safety