Firefighters rescue man trapped by fire
Tue 19 Nov, 2013
Firefighters rescued a man from his home in Beaconsfield yesterday evening after he became trapped by a fire in his kitchen. Smoke from an unattended pan of cooking cut off his escape routes.
Crews from Beaconsfield and High Wycombe were called to the fire, in Windsor End, at 6.18pm. A smoke alarm triggered the property's fire alarm system, which automatically sent a signal to a receiving centre. The centre called 999 after being unable to make contact with the man.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus led him to safety and handed him into the care of paramedics. The man was suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke.
Firefighters used a hose reel and a fan to put out the fire and clear away the smoke and carried out a safety check before leaving. They are now urging people to take extra care in the kitchen.
Watch Manager Neil Bressington, from Beaconsfield Fire Station, said: “Once again, smoke alarms have proved what a vital role they play in the event of a fire.
"However, this has also illustrated the importance of not leaving cooking unattended. It only takes a moment’s distraction for a fire to start in the kitchen."
More than half of all accidental house fires in England are caused by mishaps involving cookers, grills, ovens and microwaves. Last year, 150 of the 287 accidental house fires in Buckinghamshire, and 107 of the 158 accidental house fires in Milton Keynes, started in the kitchen.
Neil offered the following tips:
- If you need to leave the kitchen while cooking, take pans off the heat or turn the heat right down to avoid risk.
- Double-check the cooker is off when you have finished cooking.
- Don't start cooking if you are tired or have been drinking alcohol.
- Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
- Keep electrical leads and appliances away from water.
- Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can easily lead to a fire.
- Check toasters are clean and placed away from curtains and kitchen rolls.
- Keep matches and saucepan handles out of children's reach.
- Carry out a weekly check on your smoke alarms by pushing the "test" button. If you don't have smoke alarms, ring Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service on 01296 744477 or send an email to email@example.com.