photo of child reaching for saucepan handle on hobDid you know that between April 2009 and December 2009 more than half of house fires in the county started in the kitchen, 67% of these were caused by cooking

A lot of these fires would have been preventable by following these simple safety tips:-

Safety Tip 1 - Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.

Safety Tip 2 - Take care when cooking with oil - it sets alight easily. If it starts to smoke it's too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.

Safety Tip 3 - Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach.

Safety Tip 4 - Don't leave pans on the hob when you're not around - take them off the heat if you have to leave the kitchen, even if you think it will only be for a moment.

Safety Tip 5 - Keep electrical leads, tea towels and cloths away from the cooker.

Safety Tip 6 - Don't cook if you are under the influence of alcohol.

Did you know that between April 2009 and December 2009 five times more fires started in the kitchen than the living room?

Watch a video interview below with a lady who had a kitchen fire and see the damage that can be caused:-

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