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Did you know that over half of accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen, with two thirds of these fires starting in the oven or cooker?

As well as this, 60% of minor injuries from fire occur as a result of a fire that started in the kitchen with many of these incidents being easy to avoid. With everyone being asked to stay home, it’s important that you take extra care in the kitchen.

By following these easy and effective steps, you can lower the risk of an accidental fire breaking out when you’re cooking.

  1. Fat and grease – the build up of fat and grease in your cooker over time can start a fire. A simple way to avoid this is by regularly cleaning your grill and oven as this stops grease and fats from building up.
  2. Oven – the likelihood of a fire occurring in the kitchen dramatically increases between 4pm and 10pm, as this is when many families are cooking their evening meals. Never leave your cooking unattended and make sure once you have finished cooking that you have switched your oven off.
  3. Pans – When using pans make sure that none of the handles are sticking out, especially if you have small children, as this makes them easy to knock.
  4. Hob – when you’re cooking on a hob make sure all loose items of clothing and tea towels are kept away from the hob to avoid them catching alight.
  5. Cooking – Avoid cooking when you under the influence or when you’re feeling extremely tired. Sometimes getting a takeaway is a much easier option.
  6. Microwave – Be careful of what you put in the microwave. Avoid putting any metal objects or tinfoil in the microwave as they can heat up and cause a fire to break out.

Stay safe and well in your home.

You can find out more about fires and how to stay safe here: https://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/your-safety/home/fire-safety-in-the-home/

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