Safety reminder after a spate of kitchen fires across the East

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Stay safe in the kitchen by following some simple steps


Over the past few days the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have been called out to a number of kitchen fires across the East of Scotland.

Though the incidents were relatively minor, we would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to take extra care in the kitchen.

Group Manager Alex Smart said: “Our advice to anyone who does experience a fire within the home is to get out, stay out and call us out.  Close the door behind you and never try to tackle a fire yourself. 

“More fires begin in the kitchen than in any other room of the house and traditional chip pans are a particularly high fire risk. We would urge everyone to take a few simple steps to keep themselves and those around them safe.

“By never leaving pans unattended while in use and by keeping any flammable materials, such as kitchen towels, etc., away from sources of ignition, we can dramatically reduce the chance of fire starting.

“Chip pan fires very quickly spread flames, toxic smoke and heat so having early warning is vital to preventing serious injury or worse. There is much less chance of someone being seriously hurt or killed by fire if a house is protected by working smoke alarms.

 “Having a smoke alarm fitted can limit the damage to property by allowing firefighters the chance to respond earlier to extinguish the fire. Working smoke alarms provide householders with an early warning that will enable them to escape the property during the early stages of a fire and can prevent injuries and deaths caused by fire.

“Crews in every community throughout Scotland routinely visit members of the public in their own homes to offer FREE advice and to fit smoke alarms to help them stay safe from fire.

“If you or someone you know could benefit from a visit, please join Scotland’s fight against fire and request a FREE visit by calling the SFRS freephone number 0800 0731 999, by texting ‘check’ to 61611 or by contacting their local fire station.”

A wide range of tips on how to keep yourself and your home safe from fire are available on the SFRS website: