Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Firefighters issue kitchen fire safety advice following incident

Park Lane, Ramsden Heath
24/10/2017 @ 17:36
Incident Number: 65385
In attendance: 1 x Wickford, 1 x Basildon

Firefighters are urging people to take extra care in the kitchen following an incident this evening in Ramsden Heath.

Fire crews were called to a potential fire in a property after the occupant smelt smoke coming from their kitchen.

Thankfully when firefighters arrived they found there was no fire, but a bowl, which had been left on a live hob, had melted and produced the smoke and smell.

Luckily this time there was no fire or damage, but if the occupant had gone out it could have been alot worse.

Firefighters also fitted a new smoke alarm in the property and gave the occupants some home fire safety advice.

Incidents like these show how important it is to take extra care in the kitchen. More than half of accidental fires at home are started in the kitchen - here is our advice to stay safe in your kitchen:

  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk
  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob.  Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe
  • Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
  • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service wants to ensure that every single home in Essex has the excellent protection smoke alarms offer and will visit any home in Essex and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge.

To arrange your home safety visit, or if you know anyone who would benefit from a visit, please call us: 0300 303 0088 or go to our website:

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