Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Cooking left unattended - second incident in 12 hours

Manilla Road, Southend
12/06/2019 @ 02:23
Incident Number: 102220
In attendance: 2 x Southend

Firefighters have issued cooking fire safety advice for the second time in 12 hours following another incident involving cooking being left unattended and causing a fire.

Firefighters were called to a flat in Southend after two large potsof cooking had been left on a hob overnight to "slow cook" but had dried out and caught alight.

The fire caused a lot of smoke which filled the flat and the communal corridor.

Crew Manager Kim Polley, Southend Fire Station said:

"This was the second incident our crew attended last night which involved cooking being left unattended and causing a fire. In this case, food had been intensionally left on the hob overnight to "slow cook" but this is a very danger method of cooking and we would not advise anyone does this. The food dried out, caught fire and produced a lot of smoke.

"Over 75% of all accidental house fires in Essex start in the kitchen and they can lead to absolute devastation so we want to remind everyone in Essex of some simple cooking fire safety advice".

Cooking safety advice

  • 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.

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