Cardboard box catches fire after being placed on cooker hob in Garstang

A cardboard box burst into flames after being placed on a cooker hob at a home in Garstang.

Sunday, 7th November 2021, 11:53 am
Updated Sunday, 7th November 2021, 11:54 am

Two fire crews from Garstang and Lancaster were called to Sandbriggs Court, Lancaster Road at around 8.15pm on Saturday, November 6.

Crews discovered the fire involved a cardboard box that had been placed on a cooker hob on arrival.

Firefighters used a small bucket of water to extinguish the flames before clearing the property of smoke.

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Two fire crews from Garstang and Lancaster were called to Sandbriggs Court, Lancaster Road

Crews were in attendance for around 20 minutes.

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Cooking safely

More than half of accidental fires in the home are started by cooking, according to the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

There are a few simple things you can do to make cooking as safe as possible:

- Avoid leaving saucepan handles sticking out - children can grab them, or you might knock it off the hob.

- Be wary of loose-fitting clothing when cooking on the hob.

- Make sure tea towels and dishcloths are kept away from any heat sources.

- Make sure the oven or hob is off after you are finished.

- Do not leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the room, turn the hob off.

- Keep all cooking appliances clean and in good working order.

- Do not use grills or ovens as storage space when not cooking.

- If you have been drinking or using drugs, consider ordering food to be delivered rather than cooking for yourself.

To find out more, visit the LFRS website by clicking HERE.

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