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Kitchen fire

Berkley Close, Colchester
30/04/2018 @ 15:36
Incident Number: 76497
In attendance: 2 x Colchester


Firefighters were called to a fire in a kitchen in Colchester this afternoon (Monday 30 April).

When fire crews arrived they found the kitchen full of smoke. Crews quickly extinguished the fire.

The cause of the fire was found to be accidental. The hob had been turned on accidentally, and a plastic tray which was on top of the hob had melted and produced alot of smoke.

The oven was damaged and the kitchen has smoke damage, but the rest of the house was not damaged.

Incident like these show how important it is to pay extra attention in your kitchen.

Follow the Service's cooking safety tips to make sure you stay safe in the kitchen:

 • Avoid leaving cooking unattended and never leave children in the kitchen alone.

 • If you have to leave the kitchen to answer the door or send a text, turn off the cooker.

 • Never leave children alone whilst cooking – what’s more important, your text or your child?

 • 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.

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