Cumbria Fire And Rescue Service Urges People To Stay Safe In The Kitchen

Do you know what to do if a fire starts in your kitchen?

Valentines Day, February Monday 14, marked the beginning Fire Kills’ National Cooking Safety Week and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the campaign alongside fire and rescue services across the country.

The campaign aims to reduce preventable deaths through raising awareness of fire safety.

According to Government statistics “cooking appliances were the largest ignition category for accidental dwelling fires, accounting for 46 percent of these fires and 35 percent of non-fatal casualties but only accounted for 10 percent of the fire-related fatalities” from April 2020 to April 2021.

Cooking-related fires tend to result in the most non-fatal casualties and the second most fatalities, so the importance of promoting cooking fire safety messages cannot be overestimated.

As part of the national fire safety campaign, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging parents and carers to make kitchen activities a chance for all the household to learn about cooking safety throughout the school half term.

Whether the kids are lending a hand to cook a meal or simply seeking a snack, it is important to make sure everyone knows the hazards in a kitchen.

Will Richardson, Group Manager for Community Safety at Cumbria FRS said:
“There are lots of creative ways to teach kids about cooking fire safety. And it is vital that they know what to do if the worst should happen.

“So, alongside the melting and mixing, why not take the chance to pass on your fire safety knowledge? Test your smoke alarms as part of the activity.

“Half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen – often because of distractions like phone calls or a new notification on the phone. So, whatever happens elsewhere in your home, always make sure you have one eye on the hob or oven.”

Keeping Safe in the kitchen – Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s top tips for staying safe in the kitchen are:

  • Do not leave cooking unattended.
  • If a pan catches fire, do not take any risks – Get out, stay out, and call 999.
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
  • Take care if you are wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire.
  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking.
  • Keep matches and saucepan handles out of children’s reach to keep them safe.
  • Take care with electrics – keep leads and appliances away from water and place grills and toasters 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.
  • Do not cook after drinking alcohol.
  • Hot oil can catch fire easily – be careful that it does not overheat. 
  • Never throw water on a chip pan fire. 
  • In the event of a fire, have an escape plan in place. 
  • Do not take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out, and call 999.
  • Make sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and test them regularly.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service will be sharing a range of informative information across their social media channels and website throughout the week