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Don’t Hang Me Out To Fry

Date : 03 May 2019

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Steps can be taken to avoid kitchen fires with just a few simple steps. More than half of accidental fires in the home start in this room.

Quite often they happen when people aren’t paying attention but you can Be Your Own Hero and find out how to keep safe.

The latest kitchen fires we attended resulted in a tea towel catching fire, after being left on the hob: 

  • At 17.23 yesterday (2 May) two appliances from Roedean and Brighton were sent to Whitehawk Way, in Brighton, following reports of a small fire in the kitchen. Crews made the property safe.
  • At 6.57 this morning (3 May) two crews were sent to Davis Close, in Bexhill, after a tea towel caught fire. Upon arrival the fire was out but the property full of smoke.  

Kitchen fires can be avoided

How to cook safely

There are several things you can do to prevent fires in the kitchen. Make sure you don't get distracted when you are cooking, and:  

  • Take pans off the heat or turn the heat down if you're called away from the cooker, eg by a phone call.
  • Take care if you're wearing loose clothing as it can catch fire easily. 
  • Don't cook if you have been drinking alcohol or taken prescription drugs - you may get drowsy or lose concentration. 

 Cooker and toaster safety

You can prevent fires when using a cooker or a toaster by following these simple tips:          

  •  Turn saucepans so the handles don't stick out over the edge of the hob or over another ring.
  • Double check that the cooker is off when you have finished cooking.
  • Make sure tea-towels aren't hanging over the cooker and don't put oven gloves on top of a hot cooker.
  •  Keep the oven, hob and grill clean - built-up fat and bits of food can start a fire.
  • Check that the toaster is clean and well away from curtains and empty the crumb tray regularly.

 Cooker cut off devices  

A kitchen fire can cost you thousands of pounds –  or even your life. A small investment in a stove guard or cooker cut off device could help keep you, your loved ones and your home safe. 


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