Football fans are being urged not to mix alcohol with cooking during the World Cup after it was revealed there was a huge rise in cooking fires in South Yorkshire during South Africa 2010.
South Yorkshire fire crews are bracing themselves for a sharp rise in cooking fires, after figures revealed a shock increase in blazes during the last World Cup.
Kitchen fires went up by nearly a quarter in the county during the 2010 tournament, with 39 kitchen fires in just one month.
There were 13 blazes in Sheffield, 10 in Rotherham, five in Barnsley and 11 in Doncaster.
Now fire bosses are urging the public not to mix cooking with alcohol and never to leave cooking unattended, particularly ahead of England’s first game against Italy in Manaus, Brazil, on Saturday night.
Kev Ronan, from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We want England to perform well away in Brazil, but sadly we fully expect to see another rise in kitchen fires as millions settle down to watch the tournament and probably have a drink at the same time.
“Alcohol and cooking just don’t mix. It makes you uncoordinated and more likely to have a fire, and less likely to escape if you do have one.
“England’s first match kicks off late tonight, so there’s the added complication that people may be tired and more easily distracted.”
Fire bosses said having a takeaway was a much better idea than cooking.
Kev said: “If you’ve been to the pub to watch the match, grab a takeaway on the way home instead.
“Or, if you choose to watch it at home, make sure you don’t take your eye off your cooking.”
Other tips for staying safe include never leaving cooking unattended and switching off all cooking appliances after use.
Householders are warned never to use a chip pan after a night out or attempt to cook at all.
Residents should test their smoke alarms regularly, and batteries should not be removed to power other electrical items.
Police have also launched a Summer of Sport campaign to keep South Yorkshire residents safe during the World Cup and Tour de France.
See the force website for more.