Cooking oil fire in Colchester leaves one man with burns

Fire crews were called to an oil fire in Colchester Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Fire crews were called to an oil fire in Colchester Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

Essex Fire and Rescue were called to house in Colchester at 9pm on Thursday night after reports that a pan of oil had caught fire.

A spokesman for the service said: “On arrival firefighters found that the homeowner had taken the pan off the hob and moved it to the garden, burning his arm in the process.

“Firefighters smothered the pan to ensure the fire was fully extinguished and treated the man for a small burn.”

Essex Fire and Rescue have provided some safety advice following the fire.

Cooking fires can be volatile – so it’s vital you follow our advice and get to enjoy that meal you’ve been looking forward to without putting yourself at risk.

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While cooking:

•Be careful if you’re wearing loose clothing – it could catch alight.

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•Keep tea towels and cloths well away from the hob.

•Never leave cooking pans unattended. If you need to leave the room, take them off the heat or at least turn them down.

•Make sure saucepan handles aren’t sticking out or in awkward positions where they could be knocked over.

If you’re cooking with oil:

•Make sure food is dry before putting it in the hot oil, so it doesn’t splash.

•If the oil starts to smoke – it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool down.

•Use a thermostat-controlled electric deep fat fryer. They can’t overheat.

•If your pan catches fire, turn off the heat if it is safe to do so. NEVER throw water over it.

When you’ve finished preparing your meal, double-check the cooker or hob is off.

Remember – if a fire breaks out in your kitchen… Get out, stay out and call the fire service out.

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