Kitchen Safety Tips Given After Brentford Cooking Fire

25 firefighters deal with blaze in ten-storey block on Ealing Road

Kitchen Safety Tips Given After Brentford Cooking Fire
Warning to never leave cooking unattended. Picture: London Fire Brigade


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January 31, 2023

The Fire Brigade have issued a reminder of safety tips for the kitchen after a cooking fire damaged a flat in Brentford.

The blaze broke out shortly after 5pm on Monday (30 January) on the third floor of a 10 storey building on Ealing Road.

25 firefighters and four fire engines including those from Chiswick, Ealing, Acton and Richmond fire stations attended the scene and had the incident under control in around an hour and a half.

Twenty-five people left the building before the Brigade arrived. There were no reports of any injuries.

The fire is believed to have been caused by cooking left unattended.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said, “This incident is a timely reminder to make sure you never leave cooking unattended. If you do have to leave the room or house, turn the heat off.”

The Brigade’s top kitchen safety tips:

  • Never leave cooking unattended, even for a moment
  • Always make sure the cooker is switched off once you’ve finished using it
  • Keep your oven, hob and grill clean and free from grease – a build-up can be a fire hazard
  • Don’t store things like cookbooks or tea towels close to the hob as they can easily catch fire
  • Avoid cooking if you’ve been drinking alcohol
  • Never fill a pan more than a third full with oil
  • Dry chips before putting them in oil
  • Never throw water onto hot oil or fat
  • If a fire does break out you should turn the heat off if it’s safe to do so but don’t try to tackle the fire by yourself.
  • Get everyone out of the house and call 999 immediately


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