Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire caused by cooking left on hob

Antony Close, Canvey
05/07/2019 @ 22:07
Incident Number: 103842
In attendance: 1 x Canvey, 1 x Rayleigh Weir

Firefighters were called by a paserby who spotted smoke coming from a house in Canvey.

When fire crews arrived they reported the kitchen was full of smoke - which had been caused by  saucepan which had been left on the hob.

Crews extinguished the fire and cleared the smoke from the fire property.

Over 75% of all accidental house fires in Essex start in the kitchen - always make sure you don't leave your cooking unattended and check everything is off before your leave your house."

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.

Not got a smoke alarm fitted?

We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms offer. As in this case, smoke alarms can alert you to a fire and give you a chance to escape your home safely.

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