Cooking Fire Safety on the Menu for Seniors
Bognor Fire Station’s Green Watch helped those over 65 at the UK’s Laburnum Centre, Lyon Street, when the firefighters explained how to reduce the risk of kitchen fires.
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.