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A recipe for disaster

Do not follow this at home!

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Looking to cook up a storm in the kitchen? Make sure you stay #FireSafe and avoid this recipe for disaster…

Step one:

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Using the hob to store your stuff?


Even if you aren’t using the hob, never leave or store things like kitchen towels or bags on the hob.

Step two:

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Leave cooking unattended.

The door goes, the phone rings, heck you just nip out to grab the kids from school. It only takes a short period of time for an unattended pan to start to burn, and it could be more than your dinner you are burning.

Step three:

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Metallics in the microwave are sure to add the wrong type of spark to your meal.

Only use microwave-safe utensils and dishes.

Step four:

It happens, you’ve had a few drinks and now looking for something to soak it up.

Get a takeaway!

Don’t chance putting on something to cook and accidently falling asleep – the results could be more costly than a takeaway!

Follow this recipe for disaster and you might end up with a more expensive meal than you anticipated. Each year we get called out too many fires which start in the kitchen.

Last year 44%* were the result of cooking related situations.*

Please don’t become one of our statistics! For more safety advice #FireSafety in the kitchen visit Kitchen Safety – Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service (

* Data from BFRS incidents between Apr 2021 – Feb 2022. Incidents were all Accidental Dwelling Fires due to cooking appliances.

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