A major new campaign to curb kitchen blazes has been launched, as the fire service reveals it’s tackled nearly 1,000 cooking related incidents in the last three years.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue says it has attended 925 house fires caused by cooking since 2013, resulting in more than 200 injuries and two deaths.
Most of the blazes are caused by cooking that’s been left unattended, chip pans that overheat or dirty ovens that ignite due to a build up of fat and grease.
Factors contributing to the fires also include alcohol, drugs and mental health issues, including dementia.
Head of prevention and protection Steve Helps, said: “The cooking fires we go to range from burnt toast to serious blazes which gut houses and destroy lives. But what all these incidents have in common is that they are nearly always entirely preventable.
“Whether it’s remembering to keep an eye on your cooking, giving your oven a good scrub or buying a takeaway after a night out, rather than attempting to cook, this campaign is all about asking residents to take some simple steps to protect themselves and those they love.”
The fire service has issued the following advice to cut kitchen fires:
- Clean out ovens and grill pans regularly to avoid a build up of fat and grease
- Ditch old fashioned chip pans, use oven chips or thermostat controlled fryers instead
- Don’t attempt to cook if you’ve been out drinking, buy a takeaway instead
For more information on preventing fires, visit www.syfire.gov.uk