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Safety warning about leaving cooking unattended


Date: 27th August, 2019

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people not to leave cooking unattended after a flat fire yesterday (26 August).

An elderly man was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after leaving pans switched on and unattended; he only became aware that fire had broken out when the smoke alarm sounded.

Station Manager Steve Broad said: “Nearly two thirds of all accidental dwelling fires in Dorset and Wiltshire start in the kitchen, and this incident shows just how easy it is for accidents to happen. Thankfully, this property had a working smoke alarm and the occupant was able to escape the flat before fire crews arrived, but the damage to his home is quite severe.”

The Fire and Rescue Service has the following kitchen safety advice:

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service provide free Safe and Well visits, which aim to make you safer in your own home. A member of DWFRS staff will come to your home and provide you with bespoke home safety advice, covering areas such as the use of candles, cooking, electric blankets, overloading sockets, chimneys, low energy light bulbs and much more. They even fit or replace smoke alarms, if appropriate.

To request a free Safe & Well visit, call 0800 038 2323 or visit www.dwfire.org.uk/safety for more information and advice.

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