Firefighters back kitchen safety campaign

Sat 1 Feb, 2014



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.

Last month, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service attended 18 fires which started in the kitchen, and firefighters have dealt with two more today.

Jason Thelwell, Chief Operating Officer, said: “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.”

Jason's top 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, ring Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service on 01296 744477 or send an email to cs@bucksfire.gov.uk
  • 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.
  • 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.