Fire Safety Week: Tuesday - Preventing common fires in your kitchen

Tuesday 13 June 2017

This will tell you how you can avoid fires in your home, including how to cook safely and take care with electrics, candles and cigarettes.

• Take extra care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk

• Make sure pan handles don’t stick out so they don’t get knocked off the stove

• Take care if wearing loose clothing as it can easily catch fire

• Keep towels and cloths away from the cooker or hob

• Spark devices are safer than matches or lighters to light gas cookers because they don’t have a naked flame

• Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking

• Keep electrics (leads and appliances) away from water

• Check toasters are clean and placed away from flammable materials such as curtains

• Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire

• Don’t put anything metal in the microwave

So what should you do if a pan catches fire? Follow these steps:

• Don’t take any risks. Turn off the heat if it is safe to do so

• Never throw water over it

• Alert other people in the property

• Leave the kitchen, closing the door behind you

• Phone the Fire and Rescue Service to report the fire

If you have any questions about fire safety at home, please contact us.