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Kitchen Safety

Kitchen Safety

Cooking appliances were identified as the cause of 48 percent of all accidental house fires in 2018/19, with cooking being the cause of 51 percent of all non-fatal fire injuries. Many fires could be avoided if safe storage and cooking practices are followed in the kitchen.

What NOT To Do

  • Do not leave cooking unattended
  • Do not store items on the hob even when it is not being used for cooking
  • Do not cook whilst wearing loose items of clothing such as scarves or trailing sleeves as they could catch fire
  • Do not leave children or vulnerable adults alone in the kitchen
  • Do not use matches or lighters to light gas cookers – spark devices are safer
  • Do not put anything that is made of metal or is metallic in to a microwave
  • Do not use appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers or dishwashers overnight
  • Do not try to cook while under the influence of medication, drugs or alcohol

What TO Do

  • Switch off the oven and hob when you have finished cooking or when you leave the kitchen
  • Keep electrical leads, tea towels, dishcloths and other items which could catch fire away from the cooker or hob
  • Keep the oven, hob, toaster and grill clean – a build-up of fat, crumbs or grease can catch fire
  • Ensure you have working smoke alarms on each level of your home and test them every month
  • Consider requesting a Fire and Wellness Visit to review fire precautions within your home and receive additional advice and guidance

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