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Fire Safety Advice For People In Pocklington, Market Weighton and Stamford Bridge


10:47am 15th October 2013

Test your smoke alarms and don't get distracted when you are cooking. That's the advice to people in Pocklington, Market Weighton and Stamford Bridge.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service say two crews were called to attend a fire at a property where a smoke alarm had gone off. A man and a woman inside the property were able to get out of the house.  They were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and later taken to Hospital for further precautionary checks.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus quickly extinguished the fire in the kitchen of the property.  It appears that the fire started due to a chip pan being left unattended.

Community Safety Manager Phil Leake said: "Thankfully no one was seriously injured as a result of this incident.  However, if the residents had not had a working smoke alarm, the outcome could have been a lot worse.  Cooking incidents make up around half of all domestic fires across our area and it is crucial that people take care and never leave pans unattended.  We would ask residents not to use chip pans at all.  They can be very dangerous indeed as the hot oil can catch fire in seconds and have devastating effects.  Deep fat fryers are much safer and reduce the risk of fire."

The Red Cross Support Unit also attended to provide support to the residents following the fire, as the house was badly damaged following the fire.  The specially equipped campervan is completely locally funded and offers practical and emotional support when members of the community are affected by fire, flooding or other emergencies.

For more information about keeping safe from fire contact Humberside Fire and Rescue Service to see if you are eligible for a free Home Fire Safety Check on 0808 141 8282.  For further information and advice, visit our website at www.humbersidefire.gov.uk<http://www.humbersidefire.gov.uk>

Humberside Fire and Rescue have this advice for people:

Plan your escape

* Plan your family's escape route and make sure everyone in your home knows how to escape

* The best escape route is the normal way in and out of your home

* Think of a second route in case the first one is blocked by smoke or fire

* Take a few minutes every month to practice your escape route with your family

* Think about which room you will go to if you can't get out

'Test it Tuesday'

Fit a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test them all once a week, say Humberside Fire and Rescue. Try to make this check a regular habit in your weekly routine by testing them on the same day and at the same time every week. As an easy reminder Humberside Fire and Rescue call it 'TEST IT TUESDAY'

Bedtime Check

- Close all inside doors at night to stop any smoke or fire spreading.

- Make sure all exits are always kept clear.

- Keep door and window keys where everyone in your home can find them.

- Turn off electrical appliances that are not designed to be left on

Top tips for staying safe while cooking:

-          If you are called away from the cooker - by the phone or by someone at the door - take pans off the heat

-          Do not cook if you are affected by alcohol or prescription drugs

-          Do not put oven gloves or tea towels down on the cooker

-          Always clean the grill pan after using it

-          Keep electrical leads away from the cooker and from water

-          Clothing and tea towels should be kept away from the cooker

-          If a pan catches fire, do not take risks - get everyone out of your home and call the fire service

-          The safest way to deep fry is to use a thermostat-controlled electric deep fat fryer. Its thermostat stops it from ever overheating.

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