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Kitchen fire

Belgrave Road, Leigh
18/03/2016 @ 10:20
Incident Number: 3951
In attendance: 1 x Leigh, 1 x Rayleigh Weir


Firefighters were called to a fire in a kitchen. Crews wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire by 10:38hrs.

Sub Officer Dean Riley from Leigh Fire Station said:

"The fire was caused by some cooking which had been left on the hob unattended. Incidents like this show how important it is to take extra care in the kitchen. More fires start in the kitchen than any other room of the house so we urge everyone to take extra care when cooking."

To make sure you stay as safe as possible follow our kitchen fire safety advice:

  • 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.
  • Never try to cook after a night out drinking. It is far better to grab a kebab on the way home than to attempt to cook while intoxicated.

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

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