Fire Safety in The Kitchen

29th September 2016

More fires and fire injuries are caused in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home

Around 60 per cent of accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen. Taking a few simple measures can make all the difference.

How to prevent cooking fires:

• Avoid leaving cooking unattended – it is easy to be distracted and forget that you have the cooker on

• Don’t cook if you are tired, have been drinking alcohol or taking medication that might make you drowsy – It is never a good idea to attempt to cook after a big night out when you are drunk. If you are hungry, eat something that doesn’t need cooking!!

• Take care not to lean over hot hobs and keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob – this also applies to loose fitting clothing

• Be careful to keep the oven, hob, cooker hood and grill clean to avoid a build up of fat and grease, which could ignite and cause a fire

• Use spark devices to light gas cookers - they are much safer than matches or lighters as they don't have a naked flame

• Double check the cooker and hob are turned off when you've finished cooking

• Check toasters are clean and placed away from anything that can catch fire such as curtains and blinds. It is a good habit to unplug toasters when not in use

• Never put anything metal in the microwave

• Never use a barbecue indoors or on a balcony - burning or smoldering fuel can cause carbon monoxide poisoning

• Supervise children and pets in the kitchen at all times and keep matches and saucepan handles out of reach

If a pan catches fire:

• Don't tackle the fire yourself and don't attempt to move the pan

• Never throw water over a fire as it could create a fireball

• Turn off the heat, if it is safe to do so

• Leave the room, close the door, shout a warning to others and call 999

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