Cooking appliances were identified as the cause of 43 per cent of all accidental house fires in 2021/2022*, with cooking being the cause of 24 per cent of all non-fatal fire injuries.
Many fires could be avoided if safe storage and cooking practices are followed in the kitchen, as 18 per cent of these fires were caused by items being left too close to a source of heat, for example packaging, boxes, food containers or tea-towels.
*Data collected from BFRS incidents in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, recorded between 01 April 2021 and 31 March 2022.
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 into 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 Home Fire Safety Visit to review fire precautions within your home and receive additional advice and guidance
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