Firefighters have reminded homeowners to be careful when cooking this Christmas, with the festive party season often coinciding with a sharp rise in the number of incidents.
According to the Gainsborough Standard, statistics from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue revealed that in December 2010, crews were called to 12 fires thought to have been caused as a result of intoxication. The average for the rest of the year stood at 5.6 incidents per month.
Jon Torn, station manager in community safety, called on householders to think twice before cooking whilst drunk, pointing out that firefighters are regularly called out to tackle fires caused by people who have become incapacitated by drink.
“The busy Christmas party period is already upon us and we’re not here to stop people having a good time,” he said. “But people must recognise that by cooking when you’ve been out drinking, you are automatically putting yourself at a much greater risk of fire.”
Last week, Northern Irish firefighters urged householders to ensure they have working smoke alarms fitted, after a woman from Lisburn was treated by paramedics for the effects of smoke inhalation.