More than half of all accidental house fires in England are caused by mishaps involving cookers, grills, ovens and microwaves.
It only takes a moment's distraction, such as a phone call or a knock at the door, for a fire to start in your kitchen.
We are urging people to put safety first when they are cooking.
Tips for a safe kitchen are:
Carry out a regular weekly or monthly check on your smoke alarms by pushing the "test" button.
If you don't have smoke alarms - call us if central beds
Our top 8 tips
- Don't start cooking if you are tired or have been drinking alcohol.
- Keep the oven, hob, grill and toaster clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat, grease or crumbs can lead to a fire. (I need to clean mine at home)
- Double-check the cooker is off when you have finished cooking.
- Don't leave children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches, lighters and saucepan handles out of their reach.
- Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob, and take care if you are wearing loose clothing.
- If you need to leave the kitchen while cooking, take pans off the heat or turn the heat right down to avoid risk.
- Keep electrical leads and appliances away from water.
- Don't put anything metal in your microwave oven, and please take care when setting the timer.