Four hurt in rash of kitchen fires in county

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Three adults and a child were treated for smoke inhalation following a house fire in Stotfold on Monday.

And Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) is ask ing people to be more careful in their kitchens over the coming New Year weekend after four kitchen fires in the county.

On December 28 firefighters received a call about kitchen fire in Hyde Avenue, Stotfold. Firefighters found a small fire in the kitchen of the property. Three adults and one child were treated with oxygen therapy by firefighters for the effects of smoke inhalation before being passed into the care of the ambulance service.

There were also fires in Aspley Guise, Dunstable and Bedford. over the holiday.

Andy Martin BFRS Community Safety Officer said: “These fires turned out to be small and were put out quickly, but they could easily have turned into something more tragic. Half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen - often because of distractions like phone calls or family. So whatever happens elsewhere in the house, always make sure you have one eye on the hob or oven.”

The Fire Kills campaign’s top tips for staying safe in the kitchen are:

>Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking. Take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.

>If a pan catches fire, don’t take any risks – Get Out, Stay Out, and Call 999.

>Double check the hob is off when you’ve finished cooking.

>Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.

> Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire.

>Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach. to keep them safe.

>Take care with electrics - leads and appliances away from water and place grills and away from curtains and kitchen rolls.

>Keep your equipment clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.

> Don’t cook after drinking alcohol.

Hot oil can catch fire easily - be careful that it doesn’t overheat.

>Never throw water on a chip pan fire.

>In the event of a fire, have an escape plan in place.

>Get a smoke alarm and test it weekly.