Lincolnshire firefighters are warning residents to be vigilant in the kitchen after attending six cooking-related fires in three days, mostly caused by cooking being left unattended.
On Friday 27 October, at 11.26am, firefighters were called to a cooker fire at a house on Dickenson Terrace in Gainsborough. The owner had cleaned the cooker recently, but unfortunately had left a quantity of cleaning fluid within the oven. When the oven was turned on, this had caught fire.
Less than an hour later, at 12.51pm, a crew attended a property on Manor Road in Saxilby where a microwave and its contents had caught fire. This was caused by cooking being left unattended.
A couple of hours later, at 3.49pm, firefighters attended a property on Ashcroft Road in Gainsborough, again for a microwave fire. This fire was caused by the owner putting food in for too long and leaving it unattended.
Later that evening, at 6.18pm, firefighters from Market Deeping, Bourne and Spalding attended a fire in a kitchen of a house on the West End in Langtoft. The occupants had been cooking on the hob, left their saucepan on the heat for too long and its contents had caught fire. Crews used a leather blanket to extinguish the blaze.
Finally, on Sunday 29 October at 2.29pm, crews from Grantham and Corby Glen attended a cooker fire at a flat on Kinoulton Court in Grantham. This was caused by a build up of fat in the grill pan. Less than half an hour later (14.42pm) firefighters from Boston and Kirton attended a kitchen fire in a property on Windsor Bank in Boston, where a cooker had been accidentally turned on.
Shona Wright, community fire safety manager, urges residents to be careful in the kitchen. She said:
“Between Friday and Sunday, we have attended six cooking related fires at homes across the county, mostly caused by cooking being left unattended.
“Over 50% of all accidental house fires start in the kitchen, therefore it is extremely important to take extra care when cooking food. Being aware of the risks associated with becoming distracted whilst cooking can also help keep you and your family safe from fire.
“As soon as you’ve finished cooking, make sure you turn off the appliances. Also, make it part of your routine before you go to bed or leave the house to double check all cookers are off. Kitchen fires can be easily prevented with a bit of common sense.”
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue would like to remind people of a few key safety tips:
Never leave cooking unattended.
Don’t cook if you feel tired or fatigued.
Don’t cook after drinking alcohol – If hungry, grab a takeaway.
Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can cause a fire to spread and make it more severe.
Ensure smoke alarms are fitted on every level of your home.
Test your smoke alarms weekly – only working smoke alarms can give you vital early warning of a fire.
Have a pre-planned and practiced escape plan that everyone in the home is familiar with.
In the event of a fire – Get Out, Stay Out and Call 999.