Res­i­dents warned of dan­gers in month full of food fes­ti­vals

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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