Don’t bring Olympic flames into your kitchen

Fri 5 Aug, 2016

Will you be glued to the Olympic action on TV over the next two and a half weeks? Many people will have the television on in the background as they go about their daily lives. That's why firefighters are reminding everyone that while we all love the tension of a nail-biting race, abandoned cooking can have disastrous consequences.

Distraction while cooking is one of the main causes of fire call-outs in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, so Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is asking local residents to take extra care in the kitchen during the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Richard Priest, head of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety team, said: "More than half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen, often because of distractions like phone calls, family or what's on TV.

"If you’re cooking when your favourite sport is on, make sure you don't get caught up in the heat of the moment."

Richard’s top tips for staying safe in the kitchen this summer are:

  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen while cooking. Take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
  • Don’t cook after drinking alcohol.
  • Keep tea towels, kitchen rolls and cloths away from the cooker and hob. Don't use it as an extension of the kitchen worksurface.
  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe.
  • Take care with electrics - keep leads and appliances away from water.
  • Keep your equipment clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.
  • Hot oil can catch fire easily - be careful that it doesn’t overheat. Never throw water on a chip pan fire.
  • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished.
  • In the event of a fire, have an escape plan in place.
  • Don’t take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out and call 999.
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms and that you test them monthly.