Stand By Your Pan!

An unattended pan catches fire

STAND by your pan and never leave cooking unattended!

That is the message from Cleveland Fire Brigade during Kitchen Safety Week (February 20-26).

Figures show that over the last three years (2009-2011), over half of accidental house fires in Cleveland began in the kitchen – 47% of which were caused by people leaving cooking unattended.

The Brigade is urging people to take pans off the heat and turn off the hob and/or grill if they have to leave the kitchen.

Les Jones, Head of Community Safety with the Brigade, said “The figures speak for themselves – in the past three years six people died as a result of kitchen fires and a further 128 were injured.

“Nearly half of the kitchen fires were caused by people leaving their cooking unattended. A further 17% were the result of using old-fashioned chip pans.

“Statistics show that the kitchen really is the biggest fire risk in the home – but by doing certain things, residents can help protect themselves and their home. This advice is easy to follow and could save lives.”

The key safety messages are:

  • 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
  • Keep your cooker and grill pan clean – burnt food and fat causes fires
  • Chuck out your chip pan – it could save your life
  • Don’t drink and fry – order a takeaway or eat cold food if drinking alcohol
  • Maintain electrical kitchen appliances and keep away from water

As part of the campaign, firefighters from Cleveland Fire Brigade and volunteers from the Cleveland Fire Support Network will be visiting colleges throughout the region to deliver this advice and carry out chip pan demonstrations.

Throughout the week there will also be leaflets handed out, radio advertising, competitions, the use of social media and an interactive kitchen safety house to help spread key safety messages.

To help keep you and your family safe from fire, the Brigade provides free Home Fire Safety Visits and will fit smoke alarms if needed. Call 01429 874063 to arrange a visit to your home and you will receive specific fire safety advice for you and your family.

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