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aim is to protect communities before emergencies occur and to
provide a professional, efficient and effective fire and rescue
service for all who live, work and travel throughout North
Be a safe cook!
More fires start in the kitchen than in any other room in the
home - so I'm appealing to all residents to keep an eye on your
cooking and avoid drunken disasters at the stove.
The six nations rugby tournament kicked off this month, and with
many fans enjoying the game over a few pints in the pub or a couple
of cans in the comfort of their armchair, I feel it's timely for me
to issue an important reminder about the dangers of cooking after
Time and time again our firefighters are called to house fires
in the region which have started after residents have become
distracted in the kitchen or lose concentration after a drink, with
serious and sometimes tragic consequences.
So remember, cooking and drinking simply don't mix - avoid a
recipe for disaster by making yourself a sandwich before enjoying a
drink or simply getting a take away instead. This really could save
Also, with important dates like Valentines Day, National Chip
Week and Shrove Tuesday this month, I know that many of you will be
hoping to create a stir in the kitchen.
One important mantra to repeat when cooking is 'Stand by your
pan!' - if you leave the room, remove the pan from the heat. Within
minutes a fire can start and spread from a small blaze to a life
threatening one. When you have finished cooking, make sure that all
the appliances are turned off and the cooking area is clear.