Safety first for summer cooking
With the summer holidays in full swing, many children across Norfolk will be spending more time in the kitchen.
But whether theyâ€™re lending a hand or simply seeking a snack, itâ€™s important to make sure that they know the hazards of a hot hob.
So as part of the Fire Kills campaign, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is asking parents and carers to make any kitchen activities a chance for kids to learn this summer.
Doug. Underwood, Community Safety Manager said: â€œFrom bake-offs to barbecues, there are lots of creative ways to teach kids about cooking fire safety this summer. And, itâ€™s absolutely vital that they know what to do if the worst should happen.
â€œSo alongside the melting, mixing and making, why not take the chance to pass on your fire safety knowhow? Test your smoke alarm as part of the activity. And remember, never leave a child alone with a hot hob, and help keep them safe by moving matches and saucepan handles out of their reach.â€
And the kids donâ€™t have to be in the kitchen to change the way you work in the summer - Distraction while cooking is a main cause of fire call-outs right across the country.
Doug. Underwood continued: â€œOver half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen - often because of distractions like phone calls or family. In Norfolk between April 2013 and March 2014 there were 263 fires involving a cooking appliance. This is 61% of all incidents in that year. In the first three months since April this year there has been 76 fires involving cooking appliances which relate to a massive 72% of all of our incidents. So whatever happens elsewhere in the house, always make sure you have one eye on the hob or oven.
The Fire Kills campaignâ€™s top tips for staying safe in the kitchen this summer are:
- Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking. Take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
- If a pan catches fire, donâ€™t take any risks â€“ Get Out, Stay Out, and Call 999.
- Double check the hob is off when youâ€™ve finished cooking.
- Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
- Take care if youâ€™re wearing loose clothing â€“ this can easily catch fire.
- Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe.
- Take care with electrics - leads and appliances away from water and place grills and away from curtains and kitchen rolls.
- Keep your equipment clean and in good working order. A build up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.
- Donâ€™t cook after drinking alcohol.
- Hot oil can catch fire easily - be careful that it doesnâ€™t overheat.Â
- Never throw water on a chip pan fire.Â
- In the event of a fire, have an escape plan 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 more information on fire safety, please visitÂ www.facebook.com/firekills.