Kitchen fire awareness

FIRE chiefs will hold a week of events to help prevent potentially deadly kitchen blazes.

Cleveland Fire Brigade and the Cleveland Fire Support Network are hosting the initiative which starts on Monday.

It comes after latest figures show that half of accidental house fires happen in the kitchen.

The fire service’s main message is to ‘stand by your pan’ and never leave any cooking unattended.

Cleveland Fire Brigade, which has its headquarters at Queens Meadow, Hartlepool, will hold a series of events across Teesside including open days at fire stations.

Les Jones, head of community safety, said: “I cannot stress enough about the importance of fire safety in the home, carelessness could mean the difference between life and death.

“We hope our community events will reach as many people as possible and they remember the advice on offer and think about what they can do to help keep themselves and their family safe.”

The main event of the week will take place at Teesside Park on Friday, February 25, between 10am and 3pm.

Shoppers will get free fire safety advice and can sign up for a free home fire safety visit.

They will also be entered into a draw with prizes donated by local businesses.

The day will feature a chip pan demonstration and in Currys there will be a cooking display and free healthy eating recipe cards will be available.

Volunteers from Cleveland Fire Support Network will be at the events to give out kitchen safety advice.

Anyone interested in joining the volunteers can contact chief executive Heather Whyman on (01642) 288009.

To arrange a free home fire safety visit call (01429) 874063.