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Cooking safety reminder after Edmonton flat fire

14/08/2017 22:02
House or flat fire

Firefighters are warning people not to leave their cooking unattended after a flat fire in Bridlington Road in Edmonton.

A first floor flat and part of the roof of the building was damaged by fire.

One woman and two children left the property before the arrival of the Brigade and were treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service crews.

The Brigade’s fire investigators say the fire was caused by a pan with hot cooking oil left unattended.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “You should never leave cooking unattended – if you have to leave the room or the house, turn the heat off before you do.”

The Brigade was called at 2202 and the fire was under control at 2308. Four fire engines and around 21 firefighters and officers from Edmonton, Tottenham and Enfield fire stations attended the scene.

How to prevent cooking fires

  • Avoid leaving cooking unattended
  • Don't cook if you are tired, have been drinking alcohol or taking medication that might make you drowsy
  • Take care not to lean over hot hobs and keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
  • Be careful to keep the oven, hob, cooker hood and grill clean to avoid a build-up of fat and grease, which could ignite and cause a fire
  • Use spark devices to light gas cookers - they are much safer than matches or lighters as they don't have a naked flame
  • Double check the cooker and hob are turned off when you've finished cooking
  • Check toasters are clean and placed away from anything that can catch fire
  • Never put anything metal in the microwave
  • Never use a barbecue indoors or on a balcony - burning or smouldering fuel can cause carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Supervise children and pets in the kitchen at all times and keep matches and saucepan handles out of reach 

If a pan catches fire

  • Don't tackle the fire yourself and don't attempt to move the pan
  • Never throw water over a fire as it could create a fireball
  • Turn off the heat, if it is safe to do so
  • Leave the room, close the door, shout a warning to others and call 999