Week of events to raise awareness of kitchen fire safety

Cleveland Fire Brigade and the Cleveland Fire Support Network are hosting a week of events from the 21st to 27th February to raise awareness of kitchen fire safety. Latest figures show that half of accidental house fires occur in the kitchen and our main message to residents is to ‘stand by your pan’ and never leave any cooking unattended.

The week starts with an Open Day at Coulby Newham Fire Station on Monday 21 February between 11am – 2 pm. Then on Tuesday crews from Marine Station will be at Thorntree Community Centre from 11am onwards.

The main event of the week will take place at Teesside Park on Friday 25 February with activities across the whole of the retail park between 10am – 3pm. Shoppers will not only receive free fire safety advice, but they can also sign up for a free Home Fire Safety Visit and be entered into a prize draw. Prizes have been donated by local retailers.

At the event there will be chip pan demonstration and in Currys store there will be a cooking display in their fully functional kitchen and free healthy eating recipe cards will be available.

Our crews from Grangetown Fire Station will be visiting the Asda supermarket in Southbank on Sunday 27 February, where residents again can get fire safety advice, see chip pan demonstrations, sign up for a free Home Fire Safety Visit and they will also be able to get their children’s car seats checked to make sure they are fitted properly.

Les Jones, Head of Community Safety said: “I cannot stress enough about the importance of fire safety in the home, carelessness could mean the difference between life and death.

“We hope our community events will reach as many people as possible and they remember the advice on offer and think about what they can do to help keep themselves and their family safe. If residents are unable to come along to one of our events then they can call us on 01429 874063 to arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit.”

Heather Whyman, Chief Executive Officer for Cleveland Fire Support Network said: “The Network is a charitable organisation with strong working links with Cleveland Fire Brigade. We have a team of volunteers who will be attending the events who will be able to give you kitchen safety advice and we have lots of activities and free giveaways. I would encourage people to come along and take advantage of the free services the Brigade provide.

“If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer please contact me on 01642 288009.”

For more information please contact Les Jones, Head of Community Safety on 01429 872311

Press release issued by Rachel Fawcett. Contact on 01429 874035