IN the past two months, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has attended a number of fires which have started in the kitchen and appear to be caused by careless use of cooking appliances.
The reminders below should ensure a safe kitchen for yourself and your family:
- Keep electrical leads from trailing over or going near the cooker.
- Don’t hang tea towels or cloths on or over the cooker.
- Keep the oven, hob and grill clean.
- Don’t put anything metallic inside the microwave.
- Don’t dry clothes, dishcloths or tea towels in the microwave.
- Take care if you are wearing loose clothing.
- Avoid being distracted. Most kitchen fires occur when people leave things unattended.
- If you’re called away from the cooker take pans off the heat.
- Don’t cook if you’re affected by alcohol or prescription drugs.
- Turn saucepan handles so they don’t stick out (and aren’t over another ring).
- Keep the oven door shut.
- Don’t put oven gloves or tea towels down on the cooker after you’ve used them.
- Always clean the grill pan after using it.
- Ensure you have a working smoke alarm installed on all levels of your home - test your smoke alarms weekly.
- Practice an escape plan and make sure family and visitors know what to do in an emergency.
- Never leave cooking unattended and avoid cooking whilst drunk.
- Always turn off kitchen appliances when finished with.
- Don’t overload sockets.
- And finally, in the event of fire - Get out, Stay out and Call 999.
Station Officer Andy Ford