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Cooking fire reduction

Does your mealtime feel like a juggling act?

Do your mealtimes feel like a juggling act?

Mealtimes can be a busy time for families and often residents find themselves trying to juggle many other tasks while trying to cook for everyone.

Whether its trying to get the kids organised or catching up with household chores, it is tempting to try to fit in other pressing jobs while waiting for food to cook.

There are many of other distractions that can cause you to take your eye off of your cooking: maybe the phone ringing or a text message or even a knock at the door.

Or maybe taking a few moments to catch the end of a favourite TV programme or to check your social media newsfeed… whatever the activity, you can be sure that it is taking you away from concentrating fully on what you are cooking. 

In a hectic home it’s easy to get diverted for longer than you intended, and even forget all about your cooking. For most of the time, the worst that may happen is that you burn the dinner, causing a bit of an inconvenience.  But sadly, as Kent Fire and Rescue Service knows only too well, unattended cooking can lead to a serious fire, that can result in severe damage to your home and may put you, and your family, at risk.

Do you know the risks?

Unfortunately, over half of all the fires we attend start in the kitchen and the majority are caused by unattended cooking, a build up of grease and fat on the cooker, or by kitchen mishaps, where items such as tea towels, chopping boards or washing baskets have been left on the hob.

By taking a few moments to work out what is coming in between you and a fire safe mealtime, you can avoid a fire of this type happening in your home.

Make fire safety your main ingredient:

Help prevent a kitchen fire in your home by following these tips:

  • Keep an eye on your cooking and remember to switch off your cooker if you have to leave the room
  • Use a timer for items placed in your oven or grill to remind when your food is done and to save it from burning
  • Plan and prepare - if you know you have a busy week ahead, try and plan in advance and prepare meals that do not require lots of cooking
  • Avoid storing or placing household items on your cooker or stove
  • Keep your cooker, grill and oven clean to avoid a build up of grease and fat that could start a fire
  • Keep children and pets well away from your cooking area
  • Ensure electric cookers, toasters and microwaves are turned off at the mains when you have finished using them
  • Fit a working smoke alarm on each floor of your home and test it weekly to ensure it provides early warning in the event of a fire.


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