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Oven fire - firefighters issue safety message

The Readings, Harlow
20/11/2019 @ 17:26
Incident Number: 113233
In attendance: 1 x Harlow


Firefighters were called to an incident in Harlow yesterday afternoon. 

On arrival, crews reported that an oven was on fire and worked to extinguish it by 5:43pm.

The cause of the fire was accidental when the oven caught alight while cooking. The oven was damaged. 

Crew Manager Stephen Reed said: “In the run up to Christmas, ensure you regularly clean ovens to avoid a build up of grease and reduce the risk of fire."


Cooking safety advice

  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen while 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.

Have your say on the future priorities of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has launched a public consultation - a ten minute survey asking the public of Essex about how our future priorities are delivered.

The consultation is a chance for the local community to tell us what matters to them and what approach they think we should take.

The responses will enable us to develop an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) in the New Year.

To have your say, visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/irmp before Friday 13 December 2019.

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