Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is asking Norfolk residents to think about their safety whilst cooking and in the kitchen during February, especially as Pancake Day is fast approaching.
Doug Underwood, Community Safety Team Manager at the Service is reminding us all to be extra careful and follow the advice below. In Norfolk between April 2012 and April 2013, 57% of all fires started in the kitchen, with 37 fires specifically involving domestic appliances.
Since April 2013, there have been a further 221 kitchen fires meaning more fires are starting in our kitchens â€“ at 63%.
In your kitchen follow these simple safety tips:-
- Take extra care if you need to leave the kitchen when cooking and consider removing pans from the heat or turn them down.Â
- Make sure handles do not turn out.
- Take care if you are wearing loose clothing that can catch fire.
- Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
- Double check that the cooker is off when you have finished cooking.
- Take care when cooking with hot oil. Remember a deep fat fryer or oven chips are safer then a chip pan.
- Keep electrical leads and appliances away from water.
- Check your toaster is clean and placed away from curtains and kitchen rolls.
- Keep your oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. Avoid a build up of fat and grease which causes fires.
- Never cook under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- If your pan catches fire turn off the heat if it is safe to do so.
- Any fire in the kitchen â€“ GET OUT â€“ STAY OUT â€“ CALL THE FIRE SERVICE OUT and close the doors as you leave.
Doug Underwood said: â€œProtect yourself and reduce the risk of fire in your home by getting a smoke alarm, a fire plan, closing your doors last thing at night and being careful in your kitchen.â€
It is also National Chip Week 17th â€“ 23rd February 2014
Fry with care during this week: Nearly all chip pan fires result in injury
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, as part of the Fire Kills campaign, are urging chip lovers to take care when they indulge in one of the nationâ€™s favourite foods this National Chip Week (17 â€“ 23 February 2014).
Last year, over half of all accidental fires in the home started in the kitchen, with chip pan fires having a very high rate of casualties.
Leaving a chip pan unattended for any length of time can have disastrous results as the oil can easily overheat and ignite. A simple switch from the pan to the oven or a temperature controlled deep-fat fryer can help prevent the worst.
â€œFrom the chip shop to the kitchen table, chips will quite rightly be on the menu this week,â€ says Doug Underwood. â€œBut the smallest distractions when using a hot chip pan could lead to a fire in a matter of moments. Oven chips are a safer and healthier way to enjoy your favourite, but if you do choose to deep fat fry please donâ€™t leave the pan unattended. If your pan does catch light, donâ€™t throw water over it â€“ get out, stay out and call 999.â€
If you do choose to deep fat fry your chips, these all-year-round fire safety tips could help reduce the risk:
- Donâ€™t overfill a chip pan with oil â€“ never fill it more than one-third full.
- Be careful that it doesnâ€™t overheat - hot oil can catch fire easily.
- Use a thermostat-controlled deep-fat fryer, which will make sure the fat doesnâ€™t get too hot
- Never throw water on a chip pan fire.Â
- Donâ€™t cook after drinking alcohol.
- In the event of a fire, have an escape route in place.Â
- Donâ€™t take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out and call 999.Â
- Get a smoke alarm and test it weekly.
For further advice on fire safety visit www.facebook.com/firekills or www.norfolkfireservice.gov.uk
For more information on National Chip Week visit http://chips.lovepotatoes.co.uk/