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Cooking safety warning following kitchen fire in Mochdre


A Senior Fire Safety Officer is appealing to residents to take care in the kitchen following an incident last night.


Two appliances from Colwyn Bay attended a fire in a property on Tan yr Allt Avenue, Mochdre at 10.23pm on Thursday 8th September.


Crews carried out a male casualty and gave him oxygen at the scene before he was taken to hospital by ambulance.


Gwyn Jones from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Cooking is a major cause of accidental fires in North Wales, and time and time again we attend house fires which have started in the kitchen - it is so easy to forget your cooking, especially if you are tired, distracted or have been drinking. But the consequences can be devastating.


"Forgetting to turn off the hob, leaving food in the microwave for too long, overheating a chip pan, burning the toast or leaving the oven on could spell disaster in the kitchen and can lead to serious injury or, even more worryingly, the loss of life.”


Here are Gwyn's top tips for safety in the kitchen:

- If you leave the room take the cooking off the heat

- Don't use matches or lighters to light gas cookers. Spark devices are safer

- Always make sure that any handles are turned away from the edge of the cooker

- Keep the oven, hob and grill clean - a build-up fat and grease can easily catch fire

- Never hang anything to dry above the cooker

- Take care if you are wearing loose clothing as it can easily catch fire

- When you've finished cooking make sure everything is turned off

- Turn off electrical appliances when they are not being used

- Never use a chip pan - use a thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer, air fryer or use oven chips

- Get fitted with smoke alarms - they are free of charge and could save your life.

- Never run back into the property, once you are out stay out! Inhaling the smoke could seriously affect your chances of coming out of the property a second time.

- Cooking after drinking is a recipe for disaster. Countless fires are caused each year by people returning home from the pub and deciding to cook a snack for themselves before going to bed. Play it safe, and prepare a snack before you go out or pick up a take away on the way home instead.


Gwyn added:

“Smoke alarms save lives. I'd ask everyone to consider elderly or vulnerable family or neighbours, and ensure they are safe too. The early warning provided by a smoke alarm can provide vital minutes to help them escape unharmed.

 “Luckily there was a smoke alarm installed in this property which activated and alerted the occupier to the fire.”



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