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With the World Cup in Brazil kicking off this week, firefighters in Kent are reminding residents not to let their love of the beautiful game result in a fire breaking out in their home.
Crews are appealing to all the designated chefs to keep their attention on preparing the food rather than what’s happening on the pitch, and avoid the potentially deadly cocktail of cooking while consuming alcohol.
KFRS Community Safety Manager, Charlie Smith, explains: “Having your friends or family round to watch the match is for many, the best way to enjoy the World Cup. If the weather’s good, you might consider getting the barbeque going or sticking some chips in the oven for snacks during half time.
“However, if a goal is scored or bad decision is made, you’ll find you ‘just have to’ leave the cooking unattended to check-out what’s going on. Next thing you know, the barbeque has caught the parasol alight or the oven is on fire and, if you’ve had a few drinks, you’ll probably think you can deal with it and could end up getting seriously hurt.”
Charlie added: “To help avoid a fire ruining the fun, we recommend that if you’re cooking and want to briefly watch the action, switch the oven or hob off. If you’re using a barbeque, remove the food from the heat source before walking away. If you’re the designated chef, stay off the booze until the cooking has been completed. Not only is this safer but you’ll probably make a mess of the meal if you’ve been drinking anyway. By far the safest option is to get all the cooking done before kick off, giving everyone the opportunity to concentrate on the game and only worrying about the final result.”
If you are having a barbeque, follow these tips to stay safe:
Place it on level ground, where it will not tip over.
Keep it away from the house, sheds, fences, garden furniture and overhanging trees or shrubs. Don’t put the barbeque where people have to squeeze past it.
Never leave the barbeque unattended.
If you are the chef, don’t drink alcohol while cooking.
If a fire occurs: