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Kitchen fire - neighbour raises the alarm

Nelson Place, Chelmsford
12/06/2018 @ 23:24
Incident Number: 79189
In attendance: 1 x South Woodham Ferrers, 1 x Rayleigh Weir


Firefighters were called to a fire in Chelmsford last night (Tuesday 12 June) after a neighbour heard a smoke alarm sounding in the property and saw smoke through the letter box.

When fire crews arrived they immediately entered the property and found a man overcome with smoke inhalation. They helped him outside and left him in the care of the Ambulance Service.

The cause of the fire was found to be cooking left in the oven which had caught fire and caused a lot of smoke. The property has suffered smoke damage.

Incidents like these show how important it is to have a working smoke alarm. The working smoke alarm at this incident most certainly saved this man's life.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service want 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: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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

  • Do not even attempt to cook if you have been drinking

  • 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

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