Firefighters break into Paganhill flat after hob left on

Firefighters had to break into a flat in Paganhill today (Sunday) after a hob was left on.

A breathing apparatus team from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service were forced to break in to gain access and put out a small fire in the kitchen.

They found a pan left on the hob and nobody at home. 

“Remember to switch off appliances when you go out,” the force tweeted. 

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s cook safe advice:

  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.
  • Take care when cooking with oil – it sets alight easily. If it starts to smoke it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach.
  • Don’t leave pans on the hob when you’re not around – take them off the heat if you have to leave the kitchen, even if you think it will only be for a moment.
  • Keep electrical leads, tea towels and cloths away from the cooker.
  • Don’t cook if you are under the influence of alcohol.

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