Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Kitchen fire after man falls asleep while cooking

Rantree Fold, Basildon
28/04/2021 @ 20:52
Incident Number: 143407
In attendance: 2 x Basildon

Firefighters have advised people not to cook while tired after attending a kitchen fire in Basildon.

On arrival, crews reported that there was a fire in the kitchen of a house in Rantree Fold, Basildon and firefighters extinguished it by 9:16pm.

The kitchen has been badly smoke and fire damaged.

Watch Manager Walsh from Basildon Fire Station said: “Please do not cook when you’re tired, it’s easy to fall asleep and a fire can quickly develop.”

Cooking safety

More than half of accidental fires in the home are started by cooking - it can be incredibly dangerous if you don't take precautions:

  • Don't leave children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob 
  • Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
  • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking
  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk
  • Don't cook if you are tired, taking medication that makes your drowsy or have been drinking alcohol
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