Know The Dangers Of Fires In The Home

Monday 9th May 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Fires In The Home
 

We're being urged to take more care in the home in Eastbourne.

With over 50% of fires in the home caused by cooking East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to make sure they pay attention while cooking.

Modern life is full of distractions with busy family lives, television, smart phones, tablets and computers all vying for our attention. But it's vital that once you start cooking your mind doesn't wander and you stay on task. All it takes is a careless moment for a pan on the hob to turn into a life threatening fire.

Between January 2013 and December 2015 over 40 people required hospital treatment for injuries caused by fires that started in the kitchen. Keeping an eye on your cooking and making sure you have fully functioning smoke alarms fitted in your home are essential to keeping you safe when cooking.

Safe cooking tips

  • Take pans off the heat or turn the heat down if you're called away from the cooker, e.g. by a phone call
  • Take care if you're wearing loose clothing as it can catch fire easily
  • Don't cook if you have been drinking alcohol or taken prescription drugs - you may get drowsy or lose concentration
  • Turn saucepans so the handles don't stick out over the edge of the hob or over another ring
  • Double check that the cooker is off when you have finished cooking
  • Make sure tea-towels aren't hanging over the cooker and don't put oven gloves on top of a hot cooker
  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean - built-up fat and bits of food can start a fire
  • Check that the toaster is clean and well away from curtains and empty the crumb tray regularly

Try our ‘Spot the hazards’ game to see how risk aware you are in the kitchen.

If you or some you know would benefit from a home safe visit please contact 0800 177 7069 or go online.

 

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