Urgent call for people to clean out their grill pans after spate of fires

Grill-Pan-PinpointCleveland Fire Brigade is urging people to clean out their grills and chuck out their chip pans after a spate of fires in the last four weeks.

The Brigade has been called to several grill pan and chip pan fires in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland in the last month.

The most recent incident left an elderly lady with burns to her hands and face.

Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection for Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “Cleaning surfaces can only take a few seconds but can be vital in reducing the chances of fat bursting into flames and causing serious damage, injury or even death.

“The message is quite stark and simple. Take extra care when cooking and don’t put yourself or your family at risk.

“We have also been called to a number of pan fires where cooking has been left unattended. We can’t stress enough how dangerous it is to leave your cooking unattended. And please chuck out your chip pan – it could save your life.”

Safety tips:

  • Keep your oven, hob, grill and microwave clean – a build-up of fat and grease can easily catch fire.
  • Keep your toaster clean, free of crumbs and away from curtains, kitchen rolls and anything else that could catch fire.
  • Stand by your pan – take pans off the heat and turn off the hob and/or grill if you have to leave the kitchen while cooking.
  • Chuck out your chip pan – it could save your life. Every year they cause over 8,000 fires, 3,000 injuries and 30 deaths nationally – there is simply no need for it.
  • Don’t drink and fry – fires start when you fall asleep while cooking food.
  • Ensure pan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove.
  • Make sure the oven, hob and grill is turned off when you have finished cooking.
  • In the case of a fire ….get out, stay out and call 999.