Kitchen fire in Hamilton sees man treated for smoke inhalation

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Firefighters in breathing apparatus used a dry powder extinguisher to put out the flames.

A man received treatment for the effects of breathing in smoke after fire struck in the kitchen of a house in Hamilton.

Two appliances were sent to Bent Road from Hamilton Community Fire Station following a 999 call to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) at 2:45am on Sunday (13 September) and both crews reached the scene within seven minutes.

Watch Manager Jim Clark, the incident commander, said: “Two firefighters in breathing apparatus used a dry powder extinguisher to put out a small fire in the ground-floor kitchen.

“The casualty received oxygen therapy from our crews and paramedics then gave him a precautionary check-up at the scene.”

More fires begin in the kitchen than in any other room of the home with unattended cooking appliances a common cause of incidents.

The advice from SFRS is never to step away from a cooker without first removing any pots and pans from the heat and making sure the hob and grill are switched off.

Watch Manager Clark explained: “Fires start when our attention stops and it only takes a moment’s distraction for a potentially serious incident to begin.

“If people recognise the risks then they can take very simple steps that go a long way to preventing fires from happening in the first place, but if one does start then early warning is crucial to avoiding a tragedy.”

He added: “Working smoke alarms save lives. They draw people’s attention to the emerging danger and give them vital time to get out and call 999.

“That time is also important in giving firefighters the chance to reach the incident and bring a fire under control before it spreads throughout a home.”

Free home fire safety visits are available from SFRS by calling the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in an online form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.

Householders can help protect their homes and everyone in them by also having a heat alarm installed in the kitchen, where the devices provide early warning of a fire without being activated due to small amounts of smoke from cooking.

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