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Kitchen fire

The Courts, Rayleigh
08/03/2016 @ 18:23
Incident Number: 3394
In attendance: 2 X Rayleigh Weir


Firefighters were called to a fire in an oven grill in Rayleigh. Crews used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire by 18:43hrs.

Statistics for last year reveal that three quarters of the house fires in Essex started in the kitchen with distraction while cooking being a major cause of house fires throughout the County. 

Each year the Service is called to around 500 kitchen fires, nearly 10 a week. To make sure you stay as safe as possible in the kitchen:

• Avoid leaving cooking unattended and never leave children in the kitchen alone. •Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – they can easily catch fire.

• Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob. •Check toasters are clean and placed away from curtains and kitchen rolls. 

• Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.

• Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily. If the oil starts to smoke – it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool. Ideally cook oven chips but if you are deep fat frying then use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer - they can’t overheat.

The best way to stay safe in the home is to fit and regularly test smoke alarms. If you would like to arrange for a free home safety visit, during which smoke alarms will be fitted free of charge, then call us on 0300 303 0088 or email webmaster@essex-fire.gov.uk

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