Stay alert, stay alive - take care whilst cooking

Due to an increase in fires involving cooking appliances in Ellesmere Port over the past couple of days we're warning residents to take special care when cooking.

Firefighters were called to a number of incidents last week in Ellesmere Port, one of which involved unattended cooking which had caught fire and filled the premises with toxic smoke which had to be cleared by firefighters before the accommodation was safe to re-enter. Crews used a hose reel jet to extinguish another cooker fire in the same area.

After seeing an escalation in these type of incidents firefighters want to make people aware that these fires can be prevented by staying alert whilst cooking.  Carrying out safety procedures before and after cooking, such as cleaning the grill pan after using and making simple changes such as using a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer instead of a chip pan can also make a real difference.

The Service has attended 51 kitchen fires across Cheshire in the last two months, over 70% of which were caused by cooking appliances. Four of these fires occurred in Ellesmere Port in the last week alone.

Safety advice

Top tips for cooking include:

  • Always clean the grill pan after using it to avoid a build-up of fat and oil in your grill pan

  • Do not leave cooking unattended - a forgotten pan can lead to disaster

  • If cooking oil starts to smoke, it's too hot - turn off the heat and leave it to cool

  • Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer instead of a chip pan as they can't overheat

  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from grills and hobs

  • Don't start cooking if you have had alcohol or are really tired.

What to do if a pan catches fire:

  • Don't take any risks. Turn the heat off if it is safe to do so.

  • NEVER throw water over it. Don't tackle the fire yourself - Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999.

We would also urge people to make sure that they have a working smoke alarm installed. If there is a fire, a smoke alarm will warn you, giving you and everyone in your home time to escape to safety.

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Free home safety check for over 65's

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will fit free smoke alarms for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk.

If you are over 65 years of age and you live in Cheshire, you can arrange for a Firefighter or a Community Safety Advocate to visit your home for a free home safety visit. During the home safety visit advice will be given on how to make your home safer, what to do in the event of a fire and what to do if you are trapped by a fire. Free smoke alarms will also be fitted (if needed) with an explanation on how to maintain them correctly.

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