Cleveland Fire Brigade is urging residents not to leave cooking unattended following a recent fire.
John Feeney, District Manager for Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, said: “We have attended a number of kitchen fires lately, most recently one involving a chip pan. Thankfully the residents escaped the fire after their neighbours heard their smoke alarm and helped get them to safety, but this could have ended a lot differently.
“I can’t stress enough the importance of having working smoke alarms, which in this case, probably saved the lives of the residents. With more than half of accidental house fires starting in the kitchen I would also urge people to follow our safety tips to help keep them and their families safe from fire:
- Ensure you have working smoke alarms and test them weekly
- Chuck out your chip pan – it could save your life. Every year they cause over 8000 fires, 3000 injuries and 30 deaths nationally
- 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
- NEVER cook under the influence of drugs or alcohol – fires start when you fall asleep whilst cooking food
- Keep your cooker and grill pan clean – burnt food and fat can and does cause fires
- In the case of a fire ….get out, stay out and call 999.