PANCAKE-FLIPPERS are being urged to be careful tomorrow as figures reveal there have been more than 2,000 kitchen fires in the last five years in Staffordshire.
The most up to date statistics, from January 31, 2009 to February 1, 2014, show Stafford had the second highest number of kitchen fires in the county at 239. Only Stoke-on-Trent was higher with 603 recorded.
There were 174 in Cannock Chase and a total of 148 in South Staffordshire.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is now warning people to be vigilant when they are cooking up a storm on Shrove Tuesday.
Community safety leader Stephanie Court said: “Kitchen fires account for a large percentage of incidents in the county but residents can avoid being caught out by following some simple steps.
“Never leave cooking unattended, don’t leave children alone in the kitchen while cooking with the hob or oven and don’t place anything metallic in the microwave. Ensure that electrical leads are kept away from water and keep electrical cables and cloths away from the hob. It is always a good idea to double check that you have turned appliances off when you have finished cooking, taking a few seconds to do so could have life-saving consequences.”
County-wide there have been 1,578 blazes involving food preparation across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
A total of 919 involved cookers, 382 were sparked by toasters or grills, microwaves were responsible for 150 and separate hobs and hotplates caused 127 blazes.
A further 471 which started in the kitchen were caused by appliances including dishwashers, fridges and washing machines.