Keep an eye on the cooking and drinking as well as the football

Fri 10 Jun, 2016

With Euro 2016 kicking off this evening, and England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland all in action over the next few days, firefighters are asking fans to keep an eye on the cooking and drinking as well as the football.

Richard Priest, head of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's community safety team, said: “Supporters will want to make the most of this month-long tournament by having barbecues, parties and nights out watching the football at pubs and clubs. 

“If you are one of the people who will be cooking, either indoors or out, it’s best to get it over and done with before you start drinking.

“If you are travelling to a party or to watch a match at a pub or club, remember to work out how you’re going to get home. If you are going by car, someone has to be the designated driver at the end of the night, which means sticking to soft drinks.

“Please also remember that you can still be over the alcohol limit for driving the morning after you have been drinking.”

Richard asked fans to be particularly careful about cooking late in the evening. 

He said: “When you are tired and even only slightly drunk, an impromptu fry-up can go horribly wrong. We frequenty attend fires which have resulted from people falling asleep after starting to cook.”

Top tips for a safe kitchen are:

  • Keep the oven, hob, grill and toaster clean and in good working order, and the areas around them free from clutter. 
  • If you need to leave the kitchen while cooking, take pans off the heat or turn the heat right down to avoid risk. 
  • Double-check the cooker is off when you have finished cooking. 
  • Don't start cooking if you are tired or have been drinking alcohol. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Carry out a 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
  • See also: Barbecue safety advice