Firefighters issue advice

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SOUTH Yorkshire firefighters have devised a new mealtime routine aimed at preventing cooking-related fires and deaths.

The county’s fire service has dealt with more than 1,000 kitchen fires over the last three years – three fatal.

Now it is urging residents to ‘Prepare, Watch and Switch’ which should remind them to always move electrical leads and fabrics away from the hob, watch food while it is cooking and to switch off cooking appliances.

South Yorkshire firefighters attended 1,339 cooking-related incidents between 2007 and 2010.

A total of 235 resulted in injuries and three in death.

Head of community safety Steve Makepeace said: “Cooking is by far and away the biggest cause of accidental fires in the home. Many are minor incidents, but hundreds more result in injuries and even deaths every year.

“We’re asking people to take kitchen safety seriously and consider, perhaps as a family, establishing a mealtime routine, which follows some basic principles to reduce the risk of a fire in your home.”