Safety reminder after eight kitchen fires in nine days

Wed 26 Jun, 2019


Fire involving a pan of hot oil


Firefighters are urging people to take extra care in the kitchen after attending eight fires involving cookers, hobs and chip pans throughout Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes in the past nine days, and 13 so far this month.

Four of the people involved had to be given oxygen because they were suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke, and one had to be rescued from a first-floor flat.

Karen Lock, from Buckinghamshire Fire Rescue Service’s community safety team, said: “It only takes a moment’s distraction, such as a phone call or a knock at the door, for a fire to start in your kitchen. We are urging people to put safety first when they are cooking.

“If a fire does break out, it’s also very important to know what to do so that you can keep yourself safe.”

“The key advice is to get out, stay out and call 999. Turn off the heat if it is safe to do so, and close doors behind you as you leave.”

Click here for a kitchen safety video and more kitchen safety advice, including what to do in the event of a pan of oil catching fire.

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