Residents warned of dangers in month full of food festivals
FIREFIGHTERS are urging residents to take extra care in the kitchen during a month of food-related festivals.
Cheshire Fire Service warn romantic meals on Valentine’s Day (February 14), pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (February 17), National Chip Week (February 16-22), and Chinese New Year on February 19, could be a recipe for disaster if safety doesn’t come first.
In the last five years there have been 55 kitchen fires in Macclesfield, 270 in east Cheshire and almost 800 across the county.
Lee Shears, service delivery manager for Cheshire Fire Service, said Macclesfield was a hotspot.
He added: “This month is guaranteed to have many people in the kitchen cooking with family and friends and we want to make sure you remember it for the right reasons.
“Just a moment’s distraction could turn your kitchen fun into tragedy but following a few simple precautions can greatly reduce the risks.
“I would urge people to first and foremost make sure they have a working smoke alarm installed as this can give you and your loved ones vital time to escape to safety if a fire does break out.”