DB Fire Safety has learnt this week that there have been five house fires across Lincolnshire recently. Fire crews have been called out to properties in Gainsborough, Grantham, Lincoln and Sleaford. It was reported that one of the fires was caused by a man cooking some lamb chops which he left unattended. Two more involved chip pans which had caught fire.
According to the Fire Safety Advice Centre, approximately two thirds of all domestic fires occur because of cooking.
Because of this statistic, the kitchen must surely be classed as the most dangerous place in your home.
This DB Fire Safety blog covers how to keep your kitchen safe whilst cooking which, in turn, will prevent you becoming one of the 7,000 people injured per year in a house fire.
- Remember, that when cooking, never get distracted. Distraction is how most fires occur when cooking is left unattended. It’s so easy to do and, if truth be told, we have all been there. Perhaps the phone rings or there’s someone at the door. If you have to leave your pans to answer the phone or door, take the pans off the heat entirely.
- If you are called away, don’t leave young children unattended in the kitchen.
- It’s also a timely reminder not to cook whilst under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs.
- Saucepan handles can be very dangerous – keep them well away from where they can be knocked over and well away from another hot ring.
- It might surprise you to learn but people do, on occasions, leave the oven door open. Seems a very careless and dangerous thing to do, but it does happen.
- Oven gloves and tea towels are another fire hazard when not stored correctly. Keep them well away from hot rings.
- Last, but by no means least, clean your grill pan after using it.
Don’t put your life at risk, or the lives of your loved ones.
When cooking – keep looking and keep safe.