According to the Bognor Regis Observer in the UK, “recent figures revealed that around two-thirds of the accidental house fires in West Sussex start in the kitchen, with many caused by careless or unattended cooking.”
As GaurdianSSI always reminds folks, a lapse of concentration can have devastating consequences especially for seniors who have a higher rate of injuries and deaths from cooking fires.
The firefighters covered a range of safety advice including:
. If you are called away take pans off the heat
. Clean toasters, hobs and grill pans regularly to avoid a build-up of crumbs or fat which can easily catch fire
. Keep your cooker top clear and don’t put oven gloves or tea towels down onto a hot cooker after you’ve used them
. Ditch your old chip pan! Consider using a thermostatically controlled deep-fat fryer or swap to oven chips instead
. If you do have a fire in the kitchen, don’t take any risks – get everyone out and dial 999.
. Working smoke alarms really do save lives – make sure you have on each level of your home and test them weekly.
You can find more cooking safety information by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire.