Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Take Extra care in the kitchen.

Firefighters are backing a national safety campaign which aims to encourage people to take extra care in the kitchen.

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
  1. Don't start cooking if you are tired or have been drinking alcohol.
  2. 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)
  3. Double-check the cooker is off when you have finished cooking.
  4. Don't leave children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches, lighters and saucepan handles out of their reach.
  5. Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob, and take care if you are wearing loose clothing.
  6. If you need to leave the kitchen while cooking, take pans off the heat or turn the heat right down to avoid risk.
  7. Keep electrical leads and appliances away from water.
  8. Don't put anything metal in your microwave oven, and please take care when setting the timer.

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