Casualties suffering from effects of smoke inhalation after kitchen fires in Edinburgh and Penicuik.

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Kitchen accidents remain leading cause of household fires

At around 19.15 last night (Thursday 28th August) fire crews from Liberton and Penicuik fire stations were called to a house fire in Tait Drive, Penicuik, following a kitchen fire which is believed to have started when an oven glove was left on top of a hot cooker. Although the fire was small and was extinguished before the arrival of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, a woman had to be treated at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation and was later taken by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Half an hour later, a crews from Tollcross, Marionville and McDonald Road fire stations were called to a flat in Pirniefield Bank, Edinburgh, where a pan of food had caught fire. Firefighters in breathing apparatus used a high pressure hose reel to tackle the flames. Again, a man was treated at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation.

A fire service spokesperson said, "Kitchen fires are amongst the most common type of incident that we attend. All too frequently these fires result in injury and death.”

As well as the well-known danger of chip pans, kitchen fires can result whenever a flammable substance (such as food, paper packaging, rubbish, or even a tea towel or oven glove) is exposed to heat. Simple vigilance and care, such as ensuring that cooking is never left unattended, that hob tops and workspaces around the cooker are kept clear, and that ventilation hoods are kept clean and free from grease, could help prevent a fire. Cooking whilst under the influence of alcohol also increases the risk of starting a fire.

Fire can spread rapidly. A working smoke detector will give occupants a vital early warning when a fire does occur, and greatly improves the chances of getting out safely.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service provides free home fire safety visits and can fit smoke detectors where required.

If you or someone you know would benefit from this  service, please call our freephone number: 0800 0731 999, text “check” to 61611, or visit  our website at www.firescotland.gov.uk”

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