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Fire Service Attends Five Separate Kitchen Fires In One Week - Kitchen Fire Safety Warning

11/Aug/2017

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is issuing a safety warning in respect of cooking fire safety after a spate of kitchen fires over a five day period.

Between the 7-11 August 2017 Firefighters from across the county have attended five separate kitchen fires sparking concerns regarding general kitchen fire safety:

Incidents

  1. At 11:27 hours on 9 August 2017 Firefighters from Nottingham Road attended a house fire on Calvert Street, Derby. Smoke alarms alerted a passer-by who was able to call the Fire Service.  The crew gained access into the property via an open window, where they discovered that the property was unoccupied with the hob left on.  The homeowner was contacted and given relevant safety advice. 
  2. At 13:25 hours on 9 August 2017 Firefighters from Swadlincote and Kingsway attended a house fire on Clayfield Road, Repton.  Cooking had been left unattended, but thankfully neighbours were able to quickly call the Fire Service due to smoke alarms alerting them to the danger.
  3. At 23:12 hours on 9 August 2017 Firefighters from Nottingham Road attended a house fire on Beaufort Street, Derby.  The occupant had extinguished the fire and evacuated the property prior to the crew’s arrival. Thankfully, working smoke alarms were able to alert the occupier to the danger.
  4. At 14:22 hours on 10 August 2017 Firefighters from Kingsway, Ascot Drive and Nottingham Road attended a house fire on Parliament Street, Derby.  The fire started in the kitchen before spreading upstairs causing smoke damage throughout the whole property.  The property was fitted with working smoke alarms, which prompted the call to the Fire Service.
  5. At 19:49 hours on 10 August 2017 Firefighters from Ilkeston and Heanor attended a house fire on Cromford Road, Langley Mill.  The occupants became distracted whilst cooking, which caused a fire to start in an oven grill due to a build-up of fat/grease.  No working smoke alarms were present therefore Firefighters fitted two new ones before leaving.

Thankfully, nobody sustained any injuries in any of these recent incidents.

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. 

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would therefore like to reiterate the following safety advice and information relating to kitchen fire safety.

  • NEVER leave cooking unattended.
  • DON’T cook if you feel tired or fatigued.
  • DON’T cook after drinking alcohol – If hungry grab a takeaway Double check to make sure your cooker is turned off after using it.
  • 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.

Prevention and Inclusion Group Manager Steve Ratcliffe said: “Since Monday, we have attended five separate house fires where the fire started in the kitchen.

“With this in mind, I urge everyone to take a moment to familiarise themselves with our kitchen fire safety advice, which can help prevent accidental fires from occurring and help protect families from the devastating consequences of a house fire.”

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people of the importance of having working smoke alarms fitted on every level of the home.  Only working smoke alarms can give vital early warning of a fire allowing occupants the time to Get Out, Stay Out and Call 999.  The Service also advocates the need for a pre-planned and practiced escape plan that everyone in the family is aware of.

For more safety advice and information visit www.derbys-fire.gov.uk and make sure you follow us via social media.

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