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Cooking safety reminder after Kilburn flat fire

03/12/2017 15:22
House or flat fire

Firefighters are reminding people not to leave cooking unattended after a fire at a block of flats in Malvern Road in Kilburn.

Part of a maisonette on the fourth and fifth floors of the block was damaged by fire.

The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the fire was caused by a chip pan left unattended.

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

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
The Brigade was called at 1522 and the fire was under control at 1631. Fire crews from Paddington, North Kensington, West