By Kelly Wickham
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to show their kitchen and appliances some love for kitchen fire safety month this February.
The service is sharing fire safety tips on its social media channels by parodying well-known love songs such as: You’ve Lost That Oven Feeling by The Righteous Brothers, The Temptations’ Talking ‘Bout My Grill and Whitney Houston’s Oil Always Love You.
During 2018/19, the service was called to 225 kitchen-related fires. The main causes were overheating oil and fat, flammable materials being left too close to open flame and ovens and other appliances being used incorrectly or left uncleaned.
Nicki Peddle, head of prevention at West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen – often because of distractions. So, whatever happens elsewhere in the house, always make sure you have one eye on the hob or oven.
“Make sure that children know the hazards of a hot hob and make sure your smoke alarms are working so that you have that early warning to get out if the worst happens.”
- Take care if you need to leave the kitchen while cooking. Take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk
- If a pan catches fire, don’t take any risks – Get out, stay out, and call 999
- Double-check the hob is off when you’ve finished cooking
- Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
- Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe
- Hot oil can catch fire easily – be careful that it doesn’t overheat
- Get a smoke alarm and test it weekly.
Kitchen fires often involve a lone, older person. If you’re worried about someone over the age of 65, refer them for a free pre-arranged visit to offer advice on how to make the home safer, and where appropriate, fire detection equipment free of charge.
Find out more about booking a visit: bit.ly/SafeAndWellWS