On time to end nightmares

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KITCHEN timers are being given away to elderly people across South Yorkshire to help reduce the number of cooking fires in the county.

Representatives from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue will be handing out hundreds of the electronic timers as part of their Kitchen Nightmares campaign, aimed at reducing cooking fires, which account for half of all blazes firefighters attend.

They are designed to remind people to turn their ovens and hobs off.

Last year, firefighters dealt with 300 cooking-related house fires, resulting in 75 injuries.

Diane Malpass, fire service head of community safety, said: “Whether it’s the phone ringing, nodding off for a snooze or the start of your favourite soap, distraction is by far and away the biggest cause of kitchen fires.

“By giving away these timers to the people we think need them the most, we hope to make a difference to the number of people whose lives are needlessly ruined by fire.”